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Surgery at Alder Hey no longer 'world class'

8th December 2011

The Royal College of Surgeons has warned that surgery at Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool was no longer “world class.”


The RCS had been asked by the hospital to carry out a review of 20 cases covering a six-year period after concerns were raised about performance in the paediatric surgery department.

From the visit in May, the RCS team found the hospital was providing a “safe surgical service” but that it was no longer a national leader.

The RCS report found that in five cases the care was sub-optimal or the clinical governance appeared weak.

It said: “In the view of the panel, Alder Hey is not at the present time attaining world-class standards of care or world-class standards of research in the department of paediatric surgery.

“Although it has been acknowledged to be a national leader in the past, on the evidence that the panel reviewed relating to clinical case management, clinical governance and research output, the department would not merit such a ranking today.”

The RCS recommended the trust review the strategic aims of its partnerships, the joint strategic plan and the resources in place for meeting them: that the department focused more on working as part of the wider trust; more individual support be provided to consultants and the trust to review its consent practices.

Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said the report’s recommendations were helpful and the trust had started “putting actions in place to ensure Alder Hey continues to be a leading children's trust.”


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