Kings College Hospital

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1653
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you concerned to read reports that staff at King's College Hospital have been sleeping at work due to levels of exhaustion, highlighting the sheer stress on frontline NHS services in London. Londoners need to be able to easily access public health services; will you raise concerns about capacity at this busy Accident and Emergency unit?

Answer

Answer for Kings College Hospital

Answer for Kings College Hospital

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have asked Lord Ara Darzi to lead the London Health Commission to look at how the health care system, including A&E services, can best operate to meet the needs of London and improve health outcomes for all Londoners.  In addition my officers meet regularly with Dr Anne Rainsberry, NHS England (London).  However I have no direct responsibility for the Trust in question.

I understand from NHS England (London) that whilst King's College Hospital has historically been a high performing organisation, its performance has been more challenged over the recent winter period.  In response the hospital initiated a major diagnostic and improvement exercise.  As a result senior managers have had a greater input to the urgent and emergency care pathway to allow delayed cases to be escalated and more support for discharging patients to free up beds to which A&E patients can be admitted.

I further understand that additional monies have been used to increased bed capacity within the Clinical Decision Unit, develop a new rapid assessment area and increase seven day working across the hospital.