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Birmingham hospitals criticised over child care

Published on 14/05/2010
Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and Good Hope Hospital in nearby Sutton Coldfield have been blasted for providing inadequate paediatric care.

The two hospitals, both run by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, were the subject of an investigation following the unexpected deaths of three children in recent years.

Emergency care at both locations was criticised by the investigators' report, with the paediatric assessment units being described as "not fit for purpose".

Furthermore, Good Hope was accused of inadequate staffing at its A&E children's area, while Heartland's neonatal unit was said to suffer from severe overcrowding - posing a risk to infants in the event of a flu outbreak.

A major redesign of how children are cared for and the state of building at the hospitals' paediatric assessment units was called for by the report.

Dr Mark Goldman, chief executive at the Heart of England trust, apologised for its poor performance.

"We are extremely sorry elements of our paediatric service did not meet the highest of standards," he said.

"The trust is committed to finding and eradicating any outstanding problems."

Heart of England is also responsible for Solihull Hospital, Birmingham Chest Clinic and a number of smaller satellite units.
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