Shrewsbury and Telford Trust Hospital were fined after a hearing in Telford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Judge Paul Goldspring fined £ 800,000 on one of two charges related to the death of 31-year-old Mohamed Ismael Zaman, and another £ 533,334 on charges related to the death of 83-year-old Max Dingle.
The court heard that Mr. Zaman died after severe blood loss during dialysis in 2019, according to The Independent.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has brought another charge against the trust in connection with the death of Mr Dingle, who died in May 2020 after his head was trapped between the handrail of the bed and the mattress.
Sentencing at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Believe me, Judge Goldspring said the families of the two patients who died at Shrewsbury Royal Hospital in 2019 and 2020 have endured “unimaginable grief”.
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Foundation was at the center of the NHS’s largest investigation into bad motherhood, which found that nearly 300 babies died or suffered left brain damage last month as a result of trust failures.
The trust was previously fined CQC £ 4,000 in 2020 after it was found that it failed to sort patients into A&E for 15 minutes. However, this fine was not related to the last criminal prosecution.
Revealing the facts of the case against the trust, CQC lawyer Ryan Donahue said that the failures in helping Mr. Zaman “were the legitimate cause of his death, for which the trust is responsible.”
Mr. Zaman (known as Boli) visited Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to undergo dialysis on October 18, 2019.
The CQC said the trust failed to provide staff with adequate guidance on connecting lines to his bed, which could have led to their disconnection. He was found by officers to have “heavy bleeding from a disconnected line” and sadly died.
A CQC lawyer said of Mr Dingle’s death that his “head was sandwiched between the handrails of the bed and the mattress” after he was hospitalized with chronic lung disease.
An alarm was immediately raised when Mr. Dingle was found, the court heard him, and he was released, but he died of cardiac arrest.
Referring to Mr Dingle’s death, Mr Donohue said: “The basis (admission of guilt) is that failures have put him at significant risk of avoidable harm.”
In a statement about the victim’s impact, which was read out in court, Mr Dingle’s son Phil said they had shared “very special ties” for 57 years.
He also paid tribute to a retired police officer who lived in Newtown, Central Wales, as a “mountain man” who has always been a source of great advice.
The pensioner’s son flew back to the UK from his home in Australia to visit his father, but he was told he had died before he could be seen.
Fiona Alinson, CQC’s director of operations in the Midlands, said: “People who use health and social services have the right to safe care and treatment, so it is unacceptable that patient safety has not been properly managed by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust .
“Both patients were seriously let down due to the fact that the hospital did not conduct thorough and appropriate checks to make sure their needs were met.”
Hailey Flavel, director of nursing at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, said: “After today’s trial, where the Trust took full responsibility and pleaded guilty to the three charges against us, we offer our sincere apologies and sincere condolences. families that we fail.
«We sincerely apologize for the pain and suffering caused by the failure to provide assistance. “
«Following internal investigations and an external review, a number of immediate actions were taken to ensure that steps were taken to address the deficiencies, which was recognized in today’s decision. “