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It's been a bad month for Worcestershire acute hospital trust with it being found to be one of the worst trusts in the country for patient mortality. A report called the Summary hospital - level mortality indicators (SMI) has revealed that a higher number of patients than expected last year died within Worcestershire's hospitals or within one month of being discharged.
The trust was revealed to be within the bottom 5% in the country. Dr Andrew Short the interim chief medical officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS trust said that this acts as 'an early warning sign that further investigation is needed'. His consultant body have subsequently met to investigate if they have the right actions in place to prevent any avoidable deaths.
In addition to these worrying mortality results the trust was also underfire last night regarding the downgrading of the Alexandra hospital. As we reported at the time the maternity unit was closed last October and from 7th September children's hospital services have been affected as the children's ward at the Alexandra hospital was closed due to a lack of specialist doctors. Child patients will now have to travel up to 18 miles in an emergency to Worcester Royal.
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