Elderly care ward closed at Yorkshire hospital over concerns about standards

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HOSPITAL CHIEFS have closed a ward for elderly people amid concerns over sub-standard care.

Gate 43 which has 41 beds at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield has been shut temporarily due to staffing problems affecting the quality of care.

The move follows criticism of standards on gates 41 and 42 at the hospital in a highly-critical report by the Care Quality Commission last year. It pinpointed problems with staffing, poor attitudes from staff, inadequate care and a lack of privacy and dignity. At the time, hospital bosses said work to raise standards in elderly care had been stepped up.

Sally Napper, chief nurse at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the hospital, said patients on the ward would be transferred to 30 new beds which were being opened.

“We have not taken this decision lightly but there are a number of issues affecting Gate 43,” she said.

“These include low staffing levels and the quality of care on some occasions has not met the standards we would expect.

“I would like to apologise to any patients and families who have experienced substandard care on this ward.

“We have been working with the patients and their families to explain this situation and our plans to deal with it. We are also working with our staff and we’ll be redeploying some of them across the hospital during the temporary closure. We expect Gate 43 to reopen within eight weeks.

“This temporary closure will give us the opportunity to develop Gate 43 into an excellent dementia-friendly environment for older people needing hospital treatment. We will also be investing in education and personal development for staff in partnership with experts from the Bradford Dementia Group.”

She said anyone who had concerns about the care they had received should contact the hospital’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service.