A dead patient was left on a ward for hours and another died after a fall at a hospital which has suffered staffing issues during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A new report into care at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest in England which has been hit particularly hard by the latest coronavirus wave, has laid bare the impact of the pandemic.
A series of Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports highlight how a patient who died was left on a ward for almost five hours and was not transported away due to low staffing levels.
In one part of the trust, nurses were caring for up to 17 patients.
Inspectors also highlighted issues surrounding infection control after hearing reports of patients without Covid-19 being placed on wards where there were Covid-positive patients.
CQC inspectors said deceased patients at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, one of the hospitals run by the trust, were “not always transported from the wards in a timely manner”.
The document also highlights how another patient died and others suffered harm after potentially avoidable falls.
The inspection report states: “We were provided with examples of potentially avoidable falls due to low staffing numbers.
“On ward 11, a patient fell and passed away after sustaining an injury.
“At the time of the fall, the ward was short-staffed, and all staff were busy with other patients.