Concerned Bournemouth MP to spend time on criticised Royal Bournemouth Hospital wards

Bournemouth Echo: VISITING HOURS: MP Tobias Ellwood will spend a day at Royal Bournemouth Hospital VISITING HOURS: MP Tobias Ellwood will spend a day at Royal Bournemouth Hospital

A CONCERNED Bournemouth MP plans to spend a day on two hospital wards where the standard of care was heavily criticised.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood will spend a day observing doctors, nurses and healthcare staff on wards 3 and 26 – where some aspects of care were described as “inadequate”.

The Care Quality Commission’s report said: “Patients, their relatives and staff told us about incidents where patients had not been treated with dignity and respect. Some aspects of care were not met in a timely manner.

“This was found to be inadequate on medical care wards 3 and 26 in particular and, although to a lesser extent, across medical services as a whole. Some people in the medical care wards, including older frail people, were left in soiled beds.”

Mr Ellwood, who represents Bournemouth East, said: “I’ve requested to spend a full day observing both these wards and I’m going to do that in January.

“I want to see first-hand what’s going on and speak to people at every level so I can see for myself what is actually happening and what changes are being introduced. Bournemouth Hospital has been one of the best in the country – that’s why local residents have been very dismayed to see that the standards have dropped and the duty of care has failed in this way.”

He said he would also be meeting with the chief inspector to have a more detailed briefing on the problems at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

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12:29pm Fri 20 Dec 13

skydriver says...

I hope Spotswood has the manners to accompany him, that's if he can prise his backside out of his office chair.
I noticed when this story broke a couple of days ago, he didn't been have the courtesy to speak to the TV reporter,even to try to defend himself.. Now that about sums him up..
I have said before if he was in my employ he would been fired ages ago.........come to think of it,he is employed by all of us.........let's start a petition to have him ousted.........
I hope Spotswood has the manners to accompany him, that's if he can prise his backside out of his office chair. I noticed when this story broke a couple of days ago, he didn't been have the courtesy to speak to the TV reporter,even to try to defend himself.. Now that about sums him up.. I have said before if he was in my employ he would been fired ages ago.........come to think of it,he is employed by all of us.........let's start a petition to have him ousted......... skydriver

12:32pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Dean Park says...

So now RBH know exactly when and by who this visit/inspection is taking place, my guess is that everything will be working perfectly on that day with adequate staffing levels and no major mishaps. As the saying goes "forewarned is forearmed". It all seems like rather a pointless exercise to me.
So now RBH know exactly when and by who this visit/inspection is taking place, my guess is that everything will be working perfectly on that day with adequate staffing levels and no major mishaps. As the saying goes "forewarned is forearmed". It all seems like rather a pointless exercise to me. Dean Park

12:39pm Fri 20 Dec 13

High Treason says...

Tobias Ellwood would be better getting Sportswood scaked.
Tobias Ellwood would be better getting Sportswood scaked. High Treason

12:53pm Fri 20 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Dean Park wrote:
So now RBH know exactly when and by who this visit/inspection is taking place, my guess is that everything will be working perfectly on that day with adequate staffing levels and no major mishaps. As the saying goes "forewarned is forearmed". It all seems like rather a pointless exercise to me.
Exactly, if the MP was genuinely concerned about the situation rather than self publicity he could go in to the Hospital unannounced during normal visiting times and observe completely routine activity.

As it is the MP will now presumably be given a VIP tour by members of the very same Hospital management who held defensive PR spin meetings with frontline staff the day before this damning report was released.

Aside from media attention and perhaps some overtime for the Hospital cleaners this particular visit will achieve absolutely nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Dean Park[/bold] wrote: So now RBH know exactly when and by who this visit/inspection is taking place, my guess is that everything will be working perfectly on that day with adequate staffing levels and no major mishaps. As the saying goes "forewarned is forearmed". It all seems like rather a pointless exercise to me.[/p][/quote]Exactly, if the MP was genuinely concerned about the situation rather than self publicity he could go in to the Hospital unannounced during normal visiting times and observe completely routine activity. As it is the MP will now presumably be given a VIP tour by members of the very same Hospital management who held defensive PR spin meetings with frontline staff the day before this damning report was released. Aside from media attention and perhaps some overtime for the Hospital cleaners this particular visit will achieve absolutely nothing. muscliffman

1:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Afcbpete says...

muscliffman wrote:
Dean Park wrote:
So now RBH know exactly when and by who this visit/inspection is taking place, my guess is that everything will be working perfectly on that day with adequate staffing levels and no major mishaps. As the saying goes "forewarned is forearmed". It all seems like rather a pointless exercise to me.
Exactly, if the MP was genuinely concerned about the situation rather than self publicity he could go in to the Hospital unannounced during normal visiting times and observe completely routine activity.

As it is the MP will now presumably be given a VIP tour by members of the very same Hospital management who held defensive PR spin meetings with frontline staff the day before this damning report was released.

Aside from media attention and perhaps some overtime for the Hospital cleaners this particular visit will achieve absolutely nothing.
You're absolutely right, as under staffing isn't only in those two wards!!
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dean Park[/bold] wrote: So now RBH know exactly when and by who this visit/inspection is taking place, my guess is that everything will be working perfectly on that day with adequate staffing levels and no major mishaps. As the saying goes "forewarned is forearmed". It all seems like rather a pointless exercise to me.[/p][/quote]Exactly, if the MP was genuinely concerned about the situation rather than self publicity he could go in to the Hospital unannounced during normal visiting times and observe completely routine activity. As it is the MP will now presumably be given a VIP tour by members of the very same Hospital management who held defensive PR spin meetings with frontline staff the day before this damning report was released. Aside from media attention and perhaps some overtime for the Hospital cleaners this particular visit will achieve absolutely nothing.[/p][/quote]You're absolutely right, as under staffing isn't only in those two wards!! Afcbpete

1:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Tango Charlie says...

Any old soldiers on here remember preparing for a VIP's visit? Gates painted, roads swept, garages scrubbed, kit bulled to the nines?
Visitors wined and dined with the troops that could put more than 3 coherent words together.
It did not matter that that you wore the only decent uniform you had, or that your tanks and wagons were all waiting for an engine change. It looked pretty and the CO got top marks.
More of the same here.
Any old soldiers on here remember preparing for a VIP's visit? Gates painted, roads swept, garages scrubbed, kit bulled to the nines? Visitors wined and dined with the troops that could put more than 3 coherent words together. It did not matter that that you wore the only decent uniform you had, or that your tanks and wagons were all waiting for an engine change. It looked pretty and the CO got top marks. More of the same here. Tango Charlie

1:36pm Fri 20 Dec 13

PokesdownMark says...

Glad to see so many comments here making the point that a pre-announced visit is a poor approach. Perhaps this MP is more concerned about being seen to be doing something than making a real difference?
Glad to see so many comments here making the point that a pre-announced visit is a poor approach. Perhaps this MP is more concerned about being seen to be doing something than making a real difference? PokesdownMark

2:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Could be worse,Conning Burns could take a visit.
Could be worse,Conning Burns could take a visit. pete woodley

3:16pm Fri 20 Dec 13

facts? says...

I doubt very many of you have actually bothered to read the full report yourselves but choose to believe that what is printed in the paper is the whole truth?
I doubt very many of you have actually bothered to read the full report yourselves but choose to believe that what is printed in the paper is the whole truth? facts?

3:20pm Fri 20 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Tango Charlie wrote:
Any old soldiers on here remember preparing for a VIP's visit? Gates painted, roads swept, garages scrubbed, kit bulled to the nines?
Visitors wined and dined with the troops that could put more than 3 coherent words together.
It did not matter that that you wore the only decent uniform you had, or that your tanks and wagons were all waiting for an engine change. It looked pretty and the CO got top marks.
More of the same here.
Whilst not an old soldier I do have fond memories of a stern and crafty Head Office Manager occasionally sending pre-dated memos to his branches to announce 'forthcoming' inspector's visits scheduled for three or four days before the notification actually arrived - it kept us motivated!
[quote][p][bold]Tango Charlie[/bold] wrote: Any old soldiers on here remember preparing for a VIP's visit? Gates painted, roads swept, garages scrubbed, kit bulled to the nines? Visitors wined and dined with the troops that could put more than 3 coherent words together. It did not matter that that you wore the only decent uniform you had, or that your tanks and wagons were all waiting for an engine change. It looked pretty and the CO got top marks. More of the same here.[/p][/quote]Whilst not an old soldier I do have fond memories of a stern and crafty Head Office Manager occasionally sending pre-dated memos to his branches to announce 'forthcoming' inspector's visits scheduled for three or four days before the notification actually arrived - it kept us motivated! muscliffman

4:04pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Marcus James says...

Mr Ellwood stop wasting peoples time and look elsewhere for your Public Relations stunt.
Your time would be far better spent walking round collecting rubbish as this would actually achieve something, help the community rather serve your desire to be seen doing something good.
The hospital doesn’t need a plonker walking round their wards taking up the time of the medical directorate or the Nurse’s on the ward.
God knows they have enough to do without trying to put a display on for you.
You are not a Doctor, you have no medical background, you are not an auditor with nursing knowledge and you therefore have nothing to add.
Mr Ellwood stop wasting peoples time and look elsewhere for your Public Relations stunt. Your time would be far better spent walking round collecting rubbish as this would actually achieve something, help the community rather serve your desire to be seen doing something good. The hospital doesn’t need a plonker walking round their wards taking up the time of the medical directorate or the Nurse’s on the ward. God knows they have enough to do without trying to put a display on for you. You are not a Doctor, you have no medical background, you are not an auditor with nursing knowledge and you therefore have nothing to add. Marcus James

4:53pm Fri 20 Dec 13

skydriver says...

facts? wrote:
I doubt very many of you have actually bothered to read the full report yourselves but choose to believe that what is printed in the paper is the whole truth?
Now that is the. Sort of comment that may have come from Spotswood., are you he?
[quote][p][bold]facts?[/bold] wrote: I doubt very many of you have actually bothered to read the full report yourselves but choose to believe that what is printed in the paper is the whole truth?[/p][/quote]Now that is the. Sort of comment that may have come from Spotswood., are you he? skydriver

4:56pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Afcbpete says...

facts? wrote:
I doubt very many of you have actually bothered to read the full report yourselves but choose to believe that what is printed in the paper is the whole truth?
Work in the hospital do you, on a ward?? NO, thought not, at least, if you did, you be sat on your butt. Many times, staff are having to fore go even basic breaks. Would YOU work a WHOLE shift with no break?? getting abuse from relatives, because you can't run around at their beck and call. THAT'S the truth, go and find out the FACTS yourself!!
[quote][p][bold]facts?[/bold] wrote: I doubt very many of you have actually bothered to read the full report yourselves but choose to believe that what is printed in the paper is the whole truth?[/p][/quote]Work in the hospital do you, on a ward?? NO, thought not, at least, if you did, you be sat on your butt. Many times, staff are having to fore go even basic breaks. Would YOU work a WHOLE shift with no break?? getting abuse from relatives, because you can't run around at their beck and call. THAT'S the truth, go and find out the FACTS yourself!! Afcbpete

5:21pm Fri 20 Dec 13

dunster says...

It's a good idea to start a petition to get Spotswood out. Anyone with the knowledge to get that started? Could the Echo help?
It's a good idea to start a petition to get Spotswood out. Anyone with the knowledge to get that started? Could the Echo help? dunster

5:23pm Fri 20 Dec 13

roguetrader666 says...

Look. There's a bandwagon. Let's jump on it!
Look. There's a bandwagon. Let's jump on it! roguetrader666

6:25pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Tictock says...

What a waste of space and time!! What is the point of a non-practitioner doing a visit wasting the staff time and cluttering up the working of the hospital. You waste of space! Better spent time if you looked at MP expenses - oh - you are an MP so that won't happen.

Headline grabbing ambulance chasing leech on society!
What a waste of space and time!! What is the point of a non-practitioner doing a visit wasting the staff time and cluttering up the working of the hospital. You waste of space! Better spent time if you looked at MP expenses - oh - you are an MP so that won't happen. Headline grabbing ambulance chasing leech on society! Tictock

8:10pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

Well done Mr Ellwood for announcing the time of your visit, I'm sure that will make all the difference, everything will be spick and span again, more nurses will be on duty just for you, Mr Spotswood will meet and greet you at the front door and no doubt tea and cookies will be laid on along with a three course meal with Tony so that he can brainwash you with all the great things he has done such as cutting back on front line staff to balance his books.
Where do people like you keep your brains
Well done Mr Ellwood for announcing the time of your visit, I'm sure that will make all the difference, everything will be spick and span again, more nurses will be on duty just for you, Mr Spotswood will meet and greet you at the front door and no doubt tea and cookies will be laid on along with a three course meal with Tony so that he can brainwash you with all the great things he has done such as cutting back on front line staff to balance his books. Where do people like you keep your brains Hessenford

9:36pm Fri 20 Dec 13

arthur1948 says...

No doubt they knew he was coming...plenty of time to brush up their act
No doubt they knew he was coming...plenty of time to brush up their act arthur1948

9:43pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Teddy 1 says...

One day? He should be spending far longer there. Also, any head of an organisation including the chief executive of the hospital should spend time 'walking the floor', talking to the team, finding out the issues, observing and making changes where needed. All too often the heads of organisations sit in their offices and talk about 'strategy' but not really understanding what it is or how their organisation really work and operates...then wonder why it doesnt work!
One day? He should be spending far longer there. Also, any head of an organisation including the chief executive of the hospital should spend time 'walking the floor', talking to the team, finding out the issues, observing and making changes where needed. All too often the heads of organisations sit in their offices and talk about 'strategy' but not really understanding what it is or how their organisation really work and operates...then wonder why it doesnt work! Teddy 1

10:35pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Miss Appropriate says...

Regardless of who is to blame for the problems at Bournemouth hospital, the issue is, some patients are suffering from lack of basic care. Compassion is needed at all times when you are vulnerable, poorly and maybe confused. To hear of people dying in hospital alone is shocking. To hear of people lying in soiled beds is shocking. To hear that people are not receiving correct medication, water or food is just heartbreaking. We are all fully aware of the cuts to all services so why should you just assume that the hospitals are exempt from these cuts? If you don't like what the government are doing make sure you vote in the next general election. Also don't assume your relative will be taken care off, be there with them if you can, arrange for friends or family to go in at meal times if possible. Always question nurses and doctors about the care of your relative, make and take time to care for your loved one. Make staff fully aware that you care but always be polite and keep notes. I know this is what a nurse is supposed to do but it's obviously not happening. I am not suggesting that nurses are not doing their job, they are under pressure and are unable to keep up with the demand of their jobs. I am suggesting that relatives help where they can to ease the pressure on the nurses so they can do help those less fortunate.
Regardless of who is to blame for the problems at Bournemouth hospital, the issue is, some patients are suffering from lack of basic care. Compassion is needed at all times when you are vulnerable, poorly and maybe confused. To hear of people dying in hospital alone is shocking. To hear of people lying in soiled beds is shocking. To hear that people are not receiving correct medication, water or food is just heartbreaking. We are all fully aware of the cuts to all services so why should you just assume that the hospitals are exempt from these cuts? If you don't like what the government are doing make sure you vote in the next general election. Also don't assume your relative will be taken care off, be there with them if you can, arrange for friends or family to go in at meal times if possible. Always question nurses and doctors about the care of your relative, make and take time to care for your loved one. Make staff fully aware that you care but always be polite and keep notes. I know this is what a nurse is supposed to do but it's obviously not happening. I am not suggesting that nurses are not doing their job, they are under pressure and are unable to keep up with the demand of their jobs. I am suggesting that relatives help where they can to ease the pressure on the nurses so they can do help those less fortunate. Miss Appropriate

2:29pm Sat 21 Dec 13

nothingtofear says...

Tango Charlie wrote:
Any old soldiers on here remember preparing for a VIP's visit? Gates painted, roads swept, garages scrubbed, kit bulled to the nines?
Visitors wined and dined with the troops that could put more than 3 coherent words together.
It did not matter that that you wore the only decent uniform you had, or that your tanks and wagons were all waiting for an engine change. It looked pretty and the CO got top marks.
More of the same here.
Or as we used to call it; bull**** baffles brains.
[quote][p][bold]Tango Charlie[/bold] wrote: Any old soldiers on here remember preparing for a VIP's visit? Gates painted, roads swept, garages scrubbed, kit bulled to the nines? Visitors wined and dined with the troops that could put more than 3 coherent words together. It did not matter that that you wore the only decent uniform you had, or that your tanks and wagons were all waiting for an engine change. It looked pretty and the CO got top marks. More of the same here.[/p][/quote]Or as we used to call it; bull**** baffles brains. nothingtofear

3:53pm Sat 21 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

skydriver wrote:
facts? wrote:
I doubt very many of you have actually bothered to read the full report yourselves but choose to believe that what is printed in the paper is the whole truth?
Now that is the. Sort of comment that may have come from Spotswood., are you he?
The Omegaman factor..........lol
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]facts?[/bold] wrote: I doubt very many of you have actually bothered to read the full report yourselves but choose to believe that what is printed in the paper is the whole truth?[/p][/quote]Now that is the. Sort of comment that may have come from Spotswood., are you he?[/p][/quote]The Omegaman factor..........lol O'Reilly

2:23pm Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Would have a lot more value if he entered under cover.see what really goes on.wouldn't be the way .staff would be spared his silly questions.the cleaning staff wouldn't have struggle with the English language.he couldn't possibly eat the food meaning the nursing assistants won,t have to feed him allowing them time to dash down the canteen and join others for a 10 minutes lunch break.Just think of a valid exercise to get admission.like a chin implant
Would have a lot more value if he entered under cover.see what really goes on.wouldn't be the way .staff would be spared his silly questions.the cleaning staff wouldn't have struggle with the English language.he couldn't possibly eat the food meaning the nursing assistants won,t have to feed him allowing them time to dash down the canteen and join others for a 10 minutes lunch break.Just think of a valid exercise to get admission.like a chin implant kalebmoledirt

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