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Bournemouth hospital's 'inadequate' care for elderly patients

A report into standards at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital has criticised the care of some patients.

The report follows a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection carried out in October at the hospital.

Inspectors found medical care, including older people's care, was "inadequate".

Basil Fozard, medical director and surgeon, said: "We accept the CQC's report and have taken its findings seriously."

Wards 3 and 26 for elderly medical patients were singled out as problem areas with patients in some wards found left in soiled and wet beds.

Another patient was given no water or fluids for a day because the wrong notes had been left in his bed.

Professor Sir Mike Richards, chief inspector of hospitals for the CQC said: "The trust did not employ enough staff, even though it was fully aware that nearly all its beds were occupied all the time.

"Some patients were still not receiving the care they needed in a timely manner, and there was an ongoing high risk of this continuing."

Inspectors found improvements were also needed in A&E, surgical services and outpatient services.

Mr Fozard said: "I apologise to those patients who have received poor care at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

"Given the excellent services that we do have, there is no one more dissatisfied than me when reading about the poor care that some patients have experienced."

The hospital said it was working hard to make improvements and had appointed new sisters on wards 3 and 26 and there were 57 newly qualified nurses now in post.

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