Health Watchdog Investigates Incidents At Royal Cornwall Hospitals

Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. Photo Copyright Tony Atkin

Its not known whether any islands’ patients’ lives have been put at risk through a series of serious medical mistakes in operating theatres within the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust which are being investigated by the most powerful health watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission made a surprise visit to Treliske on Wednesday.

The inspectors are looking into breaches of procedure and safety which may have brought death or harm to a patient. They call these ‘never events’, because they should never happen.

All occurred in operating theatres and the mishaps could include removing parts of the body that they shouldn’t have or leaving equipment inside patients.

The Trust has stated that there have been five of these never events over the last 25 months and two this year in their operating theatres.

It’s not been revealed whether the incidents happened in Treliske, St Michael’s in Hayle or the West Cornwall in Penzance.

The watchdog has the power to prosecute the trust or even to call off all operations.