Doncaster in high ranking hospital risk

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Doncaster hospitals have emerged as potentially presenting the highest risk to patient safety in the region in a report by an official health watchdog.

In a surveillance monitoring report published by The Care Quality Commission, hospitals were ranked in six bands - ‘one’ being the worst - according to the risk they posed to patients.

The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust was placed in band three, making it the trust in South Yorkshire which poses the biggest risk to its patients.

In the report, in which the CQC ranked the 161 hospitals across the country in terms of the level of risk they pose in a particular area of work, hospital trusts in Barnsley and Sheffield were ranked in band six, among hospitals that pose the lowest risk.

Rotherham hospitals were placed in band four.

A total of nine risks out of a possible 172 were identified in the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust, on issues such as the potential under-reporting of patient safety incidents and serious education concerns - but no elevated risks were found.

A spokesman for the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are pleased the CQC is satisfied there are no areas of elevated risk in the trust.

“The areas they highlighted are ones where we have already made great advances or have well-progressed plans that will minimise any risk.

“Examples include the positive feedback we received this year from the medical deanery on our education for doctors in training.”

In the surveillance monitoring report, the CQC monitored all 161 NHS Trusts against 150 measures such as death rates, infection levels and patient satisfaction scores.

In all 44 NHS trusts were scored in the two highest risk categories.