Leighton Hospital was the lead story on last night's BBC TV's North West News because of its poor standards. Its official rating was 'weak', the lowest possible score. While some patients commented positively about the treatment they had received at the hospital in the TV report, others condemned the standards of cleanliness and care. One said that a man had died in the bed next to him and was left there for hours.
In the official standards published by the Healthcare Commission, the hospital was rated 'Weak' for the service it provided and was also 'Weak' for its use of resources. It also failed to meet existing national targets in four key areas:-
1. Cancelled operations and patients not admitted within 28 days of cancellation.
2. All cancers – maximum 2 month wait for urgent GP referrals for treatment.
3. Inpatients waiting longer than standard time for their treatment.
4. Outpatients waiting longer than standard time for their treatment.
There are more details on Leighton's performance on the Healthcare Commission's website.
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