Public meeting as mortality rates review comes to Lincoln hospital

A public meeting with Lincoln residents will be held this month as part of a review into Untied Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust’s mortality rates.

Regional Medical and Nursing Directors of NHS England will visit Lincoln County Hospital on June 17, for two to three days.

During the visit, the team will carry out rapid responsive reviews, and speak with patients, staff and members of the public.

They will later return a couple of times to the hospital as part of unannounced visits.

The visits are part of a nationwide review led by Sir Bruce Keogh into 14 NHS trusts with high mortality rates between 2010 and 2012, after the Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals scandal.

The review looks to see how many failings there are within care and treatment provided to patients and establish how to improve the trust, either through support, recommendations or regulatory action.

Additionally, NHS England want to hear from Lincoln residents about the quality of care given by ULHT and other feedback at a meeting at the White Hart Hotel on June 17 from 6pm.

A spokesperson for ULHT said: “We welcome the review as it is an opportunity for us to show the improvements we have been making at the Trust.

“We know the review will be wide-ranging but the detail of the review will be down to the review team.”

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney welcomed the public meetings, and sees it as a good opportunity for residents to have their say on care.

He said: “I encourage my constituents to attend one of these public meetings and to also give feedback, both positive and negative, as part of the mortality review concerning United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

“I am sure my constituents will also want to consider providing feedback through the NHS Choices website, which can be accessed on NHS Choices.

“I am grateful to Sir Bruce, with whom I met recently in the House of Commons, and his team for their work so far. Sir Bruce has kindly promised to keep me regularly updated as this review progresses.”

The team visiting the hospital will hold a summit to review the Trust, followed by Sir Keogh’s final report, later this summer.