Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust admits failures after two patients dieon May 18, 2022 at 10:31 am

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Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust admits exposing patients to a significant risk of harm.

A general view of The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on November 20, 2019 in Shrewsbury, England

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A hospital trust has pleaded guilty to failures in care that contributed to the deaths of two patients.

One of the charges related to the death of patient Mohammed Ismael Zaman in 2019 at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The 31-year-old died of severe blood loss while undergoing dialysis, Telford Magistrates’ Court heard.

Max Dingle, in his 80s, died after his head became trapped between a mattress and bed rail while he was being treated at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) admitted three counts of failing to provide treatment and care in a safe way, resulting in harm or loss, between October 2019 and May 2020.

Charges were brought against the trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

A general view of The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on November 20, 2019 in Shrewsbury

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Representing the CQC, Ryan Donoghue said the failures in Mr Zaman’s care “were the legal cause of his death, for which the trust is responsible”.

He said Mr Dingle, who had been admitted with chronic lung disease, died from a cardiac arrest after he was freed.

“The basis [of the guilty plea] is that the failures exposed him to a significant risk of avoidable harm,” Mr Donoghue said.

As well as the two deaths, the CQC accused the trust of exposing other patients to significant risk of avoidable harm.

SaTH is expected to be sentenced later on Wednesday.

The trust was recently subject of a damning review into its maternity services.

The Ockenden review, published in March, found “repeated errors in care” at the trust contributed to the deaths of 201 babies between 2000-2019.

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