Preston Hospital scramble to turn staff canteen into make-shift covid ward
Posted on 17th January 2022
Our no win no fee medical negligence solicitors discuss how to make a medical negligence claim for financial compensation.
Unfortunately, our medical negligence solicitors near you, can report that, this week, the North West has taken over London as the nation’s Covid hotspot. With this news, and rapid increase in hospitalisation rates, has come what can only be described as a scramble to try and prepare our local hospital, Royal Preston Hospital, for what it set to be even more pressure.
In the car park of the 700-bed hospital, workers have begun building a Nightingale hub with the potential to provide a further 100 beds if patient numbers continue to rise. On top of this, our medical negligence solicitors near you, are aware that the staff canteen has be closed completely, for what Lancashire Teaching Hospitals said is “to allow us to prepare the space for potential use by patients if the Omicron variant results in the need for additional surge beds”. They are also considering doing the same thing to their physio gyms in the hospital, creating a possible 50 further beds.
This comes as at least 24 of the 137 NHS Trusts nationwide have now declared a ‘critical incident’ due to staff shortages and overrun wards. Our medical negligence solicitors recently discussed the decision for Blackpool and Morecambe Hospital Trusts to declare critical incidents, see more on this here.
As part of this, the chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay, Aaron Cummins shared that 'sadly, despite everyone's best efforts, many of our patients are still receiving a level of care and experience that falls below the level of standards we would like”.
While our team here at MG Legal can only sympathise with the amazing NHS staff who are understandable exhausted from working in such difficult conditions, where patient care slips and patients suffer as a result, action needs to be taken.
Medical Negligence claims do not affect the hospital staff:
A common misconception that we hear from our NHS negligence clients is that they think their financial compensation will come out of the NHS hospital’s budget. All NHS negligence claims are dealt with by the NHS resolution, and every NHS trust across the country must pay an annual premium to NHS resolution, to provide the money to resolve NHS negligence claims.
This means that the money in your medical negligence claim will come from a budget set aside specifically to deal with NHS negligence claims, and will not impact NHS patient care whatsoever. This may be reassuring to many who are considering making an NHS negligence claim but were worried about the impact this may have on the hospital, and whether or not the money that they achieve will come out of another patient’s care. And when you make a medical negligence claim against the NHS, the NHS investigate the incident circumstances, so that there is less of a chance of the negligence that you have suffered, happening to another person.
Make a no win no fee NHS negligence claim:
If you have received care or treatment at Royal Preston Hospital, and believe that this treatment may have been negligent in any way, leading to further injury or illness, then you could make a medical negligence claim with MG Legal’s medical negligence solicitors in Preston.
No matter how big or small your hospital negligence claim is, our expert solicitors are here to help you get the financial compensation that you deserve. Our team accept all of our medical negligence claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, and have a success rate of over 99%. To speak to our medical negligence solicitors in Lancashire today, simply contact us online, here, or give us a call, for a free, no-obligation discussion of your potential claim.
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