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Roof collapses at Furness General Hospital during clinic

Collapsing ceilings and toilets spitting raw sewage are among a catalog of problems recorded at Furness General Hospital.

Hundreds of clinical service incidents related to asset and infrastructure failures have been recorded at hospitals in Morecambe Bay over the past few years, the data shows.

Crumbling buildings, failing equipment and broken elevators feature in an incident log published under freedom of information laws by the trust that runs FGH.

In April, staff lamented that the staff toilet was “continually blocking” due to inadequate old piping underneath, leaving “only one toilet now available for busy intensive care”.

In another incident in November, it was reported that in a patient’s room, “the toilet and sink are overflowing with raw sewage”.

In October it was reported: “Maxillofacial roof/ceiling collapsed while we have treatment clinics.”

In another bizarre incident, a member of staff reported that she was in the parking lot unloading equipment from her trunk ‘when a gardener was on a riding mower nearby and I felt a bang on the head’ .

She said: “I turned to the gardener and said ‘that hurts’ and he said ‘sorry I didn’t see it’ and then continued mowing.

“[I] then I felt blood running down my face, then I was shocked by it. I ran to Croslands and a colleague took me to A&E. ”

Leanne Cooper, Acting Chief Operating Officer, University of Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The safety of everyone who uses our services is the most important thing; and we have plans in place to minimize the risk of incidents such as those detailed in the FOI response as much as possible.

“Each month, hundreds of scheduled preventative maintenance tasks are undertaken to ensure that the Trust’s domains and facilities are up and running safely. We also have outage logging processes in place to ensure that the Maintenance issues that arise outside of scheduled work can be detected by our maintenance colleagues.

“As with many trusts across the country, we have a maintenance backlog and we recognize that we need more resources to do more.

“This year we are investing £32.6 million of capital expenditure in our property and equipment. This ranges from the replacement of small medical equipment to the complete refurbishment of certain clinical areas, including structural property issues.”

Commenting on the incidents, Barrow MP Simon Fell said: ‘This is what the health infrastructure plan, and the funding attached to it, is designed to prevent – providing capital funding to hospital trusts to repair aging heritage and ensure that facilities are fit for purpose .

“The UHMBT are in the process of developing their plan for Furness General and Lancaster Royal Infirmary, so it is expected that we will see far fewer of these types of incidents in the future.”

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