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Jessica Rudland Number of serious incidents recorded.

More than 1,000 serious incidents (SIs) were recorded within NHS trusts in Suffolk and north Essex in two years, it has been revealed.

Serious Incidents in Healthcare at Ipswich Hospital

SIs in health care are adverse events where the consequences to patients, families, carers, staff or organisations are so significant that an investigation is needed.

They include unexpected or avoidable deaths and injuries. In 2016/17, West Suffolk Hospital logged 97 SIs, more than doubling from 43 the previous year, according to research by medical negligence solicitors Blackwater Law. Executive chief nurse Rowan Proctor, pictured, said staff were encouraged to reported SIs to enable lessons to be learnt and prevent similar incidents being repeated.

She added: “Our openness and commitment to learning is part of what makes us an ‘outstanding’ rated trust by the Care Quality Commission. We have a genuine focus on continuous learning and improvement at all levels of the trust, and we’ve recently appointed a quality improvement practitioner to help embed this even further.” She pointed out that SIs were rare, with the trust dealing with more than 210,000 outpatient contacts and caring for more than 66,000 patients in A&E in 2016/17. Ipswich Hospital reported 87 SIs last year, a rise from 61 in 2015/16.

However, its partner trust at Colchester saw a drop over the two years, from 147 to 130.

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