NHS hospital ‘apologises’ after 18 patients catch coronavirus on wards and die

A hospital has "apologised unreservedly" to the families of 18 patients who contracted coronavirus at the wards and died.

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust said it had carried out a "robust" internal investigation to understand the outbreak.

Weston General Hospital temporarily stopped accepting new patients from 8am on May 25 and reopened fully in June as a result.

Dr William Oldfield, the trust's medical director, professed his "profound regret" at the way Covid-19 "contributed" to the patients deaths.

He said the trust is "deeply sorry" for the outbreak and said an individual investigation will be carried out for each individual concerned.

Dr Oldfield said: "During the investigation we identified 31 patients who have sadly passed away having contracted coronavirus infection whilst they were an inpatient in the hospital.

"A detailed review into each of these individuals was undertaken.

"To our profound regret, in 18 of these patients the infection may have contributed to their death.

"We are deeply sorry for this."

He added: "For each family concerned we will undertake an investigation into the specific circumstances which led up to the death of their loved one.

"Our investigation, and independent PHE [Public Health England) analysis, has not identified a single cause for the outbreak.

"There are a number of factors which may have contributed, these include; the size and layout of the hospital, the number and configuration of beds, relatively small team sizes and the need to move staff between wards to provide safe staffing levels, and the presence of both staff and patients who were asymptomatic but tested positive for Covid-19."

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Dr Oldfield said a number of recommendations from the investigation had been made and implemented within the hospital.

He said the measures included reducing the number of beds to improve social distancing and minimising staff movements across the hospital.

The hospital has now implemented a "rapid" turnaround of Covid-19 testing to know whether a patient has the virus very early in their admission.

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust said its investigation was in addition to an ongoing independent system-wide lessons learned review which was yet to conclude.

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