Bosses believe Colchester General Hospital's poor reputation is putting off potential nursing staff

Gazette: Bosses believe hospital's poor reputation is putting off potential nursing staff Bosses believe hospital's poor reputation is putting off potential nursing staff

Nurses are not applying for jobs at Colchester General Hospital due to its poor reputation.

Hospital bosses believe recent scandals, including the falsifying of cancer data and high death rates, are harming recruitment efforts.

It has been forced to readvertise for a lead cancer nurse after no suitable candidates were identified for the role.

Colchester Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has provided an update to Essex County Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee ahead of a meeting tomorrow.

The report said: "It is proving more difficult to recruit to some specialties than others, including care of the elderly, stroke and the emergency department."

See today's Gazette for the full story

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12:43pm Tue 1 Jul 14

suzyn says...

Gasp......
No sh*t Sherlock.

How Colchester is ever going to change it's reputation will take a miracle.
Gasp...... No sh*t Sherlock. How Colchester is ever going to change it's reputation will take a miracle. suzyn
  • Score: -6

12:47pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

This Hospital is crucial the successful development of Colchester.
The town needs the Hospital to double its current capacity and has to clear out the dead wood and bring in high performing dedicated staff-starting at the top.
Multistorey carparking and a flexible open door transparent approach is needed.
Whoever or whatever is/are dragging their feet needs to be dealt with now.
The funding is there but waste is not acceptable.
This Hospital is crucial the successful development of Colchester. The town needs the Hospital to double its current capacity and has to clear out the dead wood and bring in high performing dedicated staff-starting at the top. Multistorey carparking and a flexible open door transparent approach is needed. Whoever or whatever is/are dragging their feet needs to be dealt with now. The funding is there but waste is not acceptable. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -3

5:08pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Linstock says...

With nurses working in high dependacy units such as the Stroke unit being paid the same as other staff no wonder they leave at such a rate and are hard to replace.
Very poor oversight by Sisters also lead to good staff being overworked while the lazy get away with malingering and poor patient care.
The place is clearly too large for anyone to get a grip of, it needs breaking down to properly managable units with proper responsibilty for failure not a pat on the back and moved on such as happens at present.
Hospital and community nursing staff being at odds with each other is no help either, 'bout time the whole thing was properly sorted out but with so much now privatised some hope.
With nurses working in high dependacy units such as the Stroke unit being paid the same as other staff no wonder they leave at such a rate and are hard to replace. Very poor oversight by Sisters also lead to good staff being overworked while the lazy get away with malingering and poor patient care. The place is clearly too large for anyone to get a grip of, it needs breaking down to properly managable units with proper responsibilty for failure not a pat on the back and moved on such as happens at present. Hospital and community nursing staff being at odds with each other is no help either, 'bout time the whole thing was properly sorted out but with so much now privatised some hope. Linstock
  • Score: 0

5:59pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
This Hospital is crucial the successful development of Colchester.
The town needs the Hospital to double its current capacity and has to clear out the dead wood and bring in high performing dedicated staff-starting at the top.
Multistorey carparking and a flexible open door transparent approach is needed.
Whoever or whatever is/are dragging their feet needs to be dealt with now.
The funding is there but waste is not acceptable.
I was quite ill earlier this year, ending up in an ambulance to a&e then to special care. I have no complaints. All the staff were dedicated to the best outcomes of the patients. From careful delivery of medicines, monitoring our progress and a relentless cleaning regime
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: This Hospital is crucial the successful development of Colchester. The town needs the Hospital to double its current capacity and has to clear out the dead wood and bring in high performing dedicated staff-starting at the top. Multistorey carparking and a flexible open door transparent approach is needed. Whoever or whatever is/are dragging their feet needs to be dealt with now. The funding is there but waste is not acceptable.[/p][/quote]I was quite ill earlier this year, ending up in an ambulance to a&e then to special care. I have no complaints. All the staff were dedicated to the best outcomes of the patients. From careful delivery of medicines, monitoring our progress and a relentless cleaning regime Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 7

6:08pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
Shrubendlad wrote:
This Hospital is crucial the successful development of Colchester.
The town needs the Hospital to double its current capacity and has to clear out the dead wood and bring in high performing dedicated staff-starting at the top.
Multistorey carparking and a flexible open door transparent approach is needed.
Whoever or whatever is/are dragging their feet needs to be dealt with now.
The funding is there but waste is not acceptable.
I was quite ill earlier this year, ending up in an ambulance to a&e then to special care. I have no complaints. All the staff were dedicated to the best outcomes of the patients. From careful delivery of medicines, monitoring our progress and a relentless cleaning regime
Push the wrong button again! I was going on to say it was a real team effort, most impressive. My mum in law who is severely disabled, is now in the late stages of alzheimers. She has fallen a few times requiring a&e via an ambulance. The care given by the ambulance crew, doctors and after care has been excellent and seamless. The problem is that good news doesn't sell news.
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: This Hospital is crucial the successful development of Colchester. The town needs the Hospital to double its current capacity and has to clear out the dead wood and bring in high performing dedicated staff-starting at the top. Multistorey carparking and a flexible open door transparent approach is needed. Whoever or whatever is/are dragging their feet needs to be dealt with now. The funding is there but waste is not acceptable.[/p][/quote]I was quite ill earlier this year, ending up in an ambulance to a&e then to special care. I have no complaints. All the staff were dedicated to the best outcomes of the patients. From careful delivery of medicines, monitoring our progress and a relentless cleaning regime[/p][/quote]Push the wrong button again! I was going on to say it was a real team effort, most impressive. My mum in law who is severely disabled, is now in the late stages of alzheimers. She has fallen a few times requiring a&e via an ambulance. The care given by the ambulance crew, doctors and after care has been excellent and seamless. The problem is that good news doesn't sell news. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 13

8:25pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Nom De Plume says...

suzyn wrote:
Gasp......
No sh*t Sherlock.

How Colchester is ever going to change it's reputation will take a miracle.
Well angry I have always been with suzyn on this one.
Who on earth thinks the regime here is going to change overnight?
This town has turned into a f*****g disaster area in the last 12 months.
No one in their right grey matter, would ever dream of taking a job here unless they were utterly desperate, why would they?
If it carries on like this, in a few years time I can easily see a Zyclon B chamber being part of the norm for treatment.
Liverpool had some type of paid for policy going on for bumping them off?
Well Colchester? I mean what the f**k were we doing here.
Still 3 resignations and 1 part timer agency bod that's been charged.
What A Whitewash, In The Home Of The Great White Elephant.
I notice another Dr is running the place at the moment as well, G*D help us!
Oh well the new Bishop of Brentwood is being ordained today, we had better start praying now !
[quote][p][bold]suzyn[/bold] wrote: Gasp...... No sh*t Sherlock. How Colchester is ever going to change it's reputation will take a miracle.[/p][/quote]Well angry I have always been with suzyn on this one. Who on earth thinks the regime here is going to change overnight? This town has turned into a f*****g disaster area in the last 12 months. No one in their right grey matter, would ever dream of taking a job here unless they were utterly desperate, why would they? If it carries on like this, in a few years time I can easily see a Zyclon B chamber being part of the norm for treatment. Liverpool had some type of paid for policy going on for bumping them off? Well Colchester? I mean what the f**k were we doing here. Still 3 resignations and 1 part timer agency bod that's been charged. What A Whitewash, In The Home Of The Great White Elephant. I notice another Dr is running the place at the moment as well, G*D help us! Oh well the new Bishop of Brentwood is being ordained today, we had better start praying now ! Nom De Plume
  • Score: -4

12:55am Wed 2 Jul 14

Boris says...

Linstock wrote:
With nurses working in high dependacy units such as the Stroke unit being paid the same as other staff no wonder they leave at such a rate and are hard to replace.
Very poor oversight by Sisters also lead to good staff being overworked while the lazy get away with malingering and poor patient care.
The place is clearly too large for anyone to get a grip of, it needs breaking down to properly managable units with proper responsibilty for failure not a pat on the back and moved on such as happens at present.
Hospital and community nursing staff being at odds with each other is no help either, 'bout time the whole thing was properly sorted out but with so much now privatised some hope.
Too right, Linstock. CGH is already too big to be manageable, and they are determined to make it even bigger.
They say that if you are in a hole you should stop digging. By the same token, they should cancel their plan to move services out of Essex County Hospital. Indeed, they should make more use of the facilties they have there.
[quote][p][bold]Linstock[/bold] wrote: With nurses working in high dependacy units such as the Stroke unit being paid the same as other staff no wonder they leave at such a rate and are hard to replace. Very poor oversight by Sisters also lead to good staff being overworked while the lazy get away with malingering and poor patient care. The place is clearly too large for anyone to get a grip of, it needs breaking down to properly managable units with proper responsibilty for failure not a pat on the back and moved on such as happens at present. Hospital and community nursing staff being at odds with each other is no help either, 'bout time the whole thing was properly sorted out but with so much now privatised some hope.[/p][/quote]Too right, Linstock. CGH is already too big to be manageable, and they are determined to make it even bigger. They say that if you are in a hole you should stop digging. By the same token, they should cancel their plan to move services out of Essex County Hospital. Indeed, they should make more use of the facilties they have there. Boris
  • Score: -5

10:32am Wed 2 Jul 14

gillowen says...

I worked on care of the elderly for eight years. One shift, I was dealing with a dementia patient when she became aggressive and started kicking me.I was moving my leg out of her way as I have nerve damage in that leg. Two staff nurses were present, but their view was obstructed by the patients bed.
Later those two nurses reported me for kicking the patient and also claimed I returned and kicked her again. Those nurses-one had been with the trust for 10 months, the other for just four weeks. The investigating officer at the trust produced a "bruise" that appeared FIVE days after the incident, saying I had caused it.
Elderly people bruise far more easily than younger people, not five days later.
If this is the quality of nurses the trust is employing, no wonder its in the state it is now.
I lost my job because of this even though I was cleared in court.
I worked on care of the elderly for eight years. One shift, I was dealing with a dementia patient when she became aggressive and started kicking me.I was moving my leg out of her way as I have nerve damage in that leg. Two staff nurses were present, but their view was obstructed by the patients bed. Later those two nurses reported me for kicking the patient and also claimed I returned and kicked her again. Those nurses-one had been with the trust for 10 months, the other for just four weeks. The investigating officer at the trust produced a "bruise" that appeared FIVE days after the incident, saying I had caused it. Elderly people bruise far more easily than younger people, not five days later. If this is the quality of nurses the trust is employing, no wonder its in the state it is now. I lost my job because of this even though I was cleared in court. gillowen
  • Score: -6

10:33am Wed 2 Jul 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Agree with Boris and Linstock that Colchester Hospital is too big. They are trying to do everything on one site and it is chaos at times outside for cars and inside people. I remember a Gazette letter mentioning how many smaller hospital units we used to have and wonder at the logic in centralising everything on one site.
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However comments from friends have nothing but praise for their treatment there so at least something in going right!
Agree with Boris and Linstock that Colchester Hospital is too big. They are trying to do everything on one site and it is chaos at times outside for cars and inside people. I remember a Gazette letter mentioning how many smaller hospital units we used to have and wonder at the logic in centralising everything on one site. . However comments from friends have nothing but praise for their treatment there so at least something in going right! Hamiltonandy
  • Score: -5

10:15pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Nom De Plume says...

The new head of the NHS wants more smaller cottage hospitals dotted around the peripheries of towns.
I have been proposing smaller hospitals the type and size of the Oaks Private Hospital to be placed around the borough doing their own specialized thing.
The NHS subs out a lot of work to the Oaks, Why not build our own? Loads of them!
The problem is the corporate dinosaur which is what it is know by wants to grow because it has become the norm to do so. Like a Canc*r it needs to be cut. I hate using the word!
It is the only way forward and managers that get to look after their own patch will be more accessible and accountable.
The new head of the NHS wants more smaller cottage hospitals dotted around the peripheries of towns. I have been proposing smaller hospitals the type and size of the Oaks Private Hospital to be placed around the borough doing their own specialized thing. The NHS subs out a lot of work to the Oaks, Why not build our own? Loads of them! The problem is the corporate dinosaur which is what it is know by wants to grow because it has become the norm to do so. Like a Canc*r it needs to be cut. I hate using the word! It is the only way forward and managers that get to look after their own patch will be more accessible and accountable. Nom De Plume
  • Score: -1

7:49pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Nom De Plume wrote:
suzyn wrote:
Gasp......
No sh*t Sherlock.

How Colchester is ever going to change it's reputation will take a miracle.
Well angry I have always been with suzyn on this one.
Who on earth thinks the regime here is going to change overnight?
This town has turned into a f*****g disaster area in the last 12 months.
No one in their right grey matter, would ever dream of taking a job here unless they were utterly desperate, why would they?
If it carries on like this, in a few years time I can easily see a Zyclon B chamber being part of the norm for treatment.
Liverpool had some type of paid for policy going on for bumping them off?
Well Colchester? I mean what the f**k were we doing here.
Still 3 resignations and 1 part timer agency bod that's been charged.
What A Whitewash, In The Home Of The Great White Elephant.
I notice another Dr is running the place at the moment as well, G*D help us!
Oh well the new Bishop of Brentwood is being ordained today, we had better start praying now !
Ok NDP - I just wanted to broadcast some genuine positive experience of my time in our hospital and the good treatment my whole family have enjoyed.
[quote][p][bold]Nom De Plume[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzyn[/bold] wrote: Gasp...... No sh*t Sherlock. How Colchester is ever going to change it's reputation will take a miracle.[/p][/quote]Well angry I have always been with suzyn on this one. Who on earth thinks the regime here is going to change overnight? This town has turned into a f*****g disaster area in the last 12 months. No one in their right grey matter, would ever dream of taking a job here unless they were utterly desperate, why would they? If it carries on like this, in a few years time I can easily see a Zyclon B chamber being part of the norm for treatment. Liverpool had some type of paid for policy going on for bumping them off? Well Colchester? I mean what the f**k were we doing here. Still 3 resignations and 1 part timer agency bod that's been charged. What A Whitewash, In The Home Of The Great White Elephant. I notice another Dr is running the place at the moment as well, G*D help us! Oh well the new Bishop of Brentwood is being ordained today, we had better start praying now ![/p][/quote]Ok NDP - I just wanted to broadcast some genuine positive experience of my time in our hospital and the good treatment my whole family have enjoyed. Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 0

7:52pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
Nom De Plume wrote:
suzyn wrote:
Gasp......
No sh*t Sherlock.

How Colchester is ever going to change it's reputation will take a miracle.
Well angry I have always been with suzyn on this one.
Who on earth thinks the regime here is going to change overnight?
This town has turned into a f*****g disaster area in the last 12 months.
No one in their right grey matter, would ever dream of taking a job here unless they were utterly desperate, why would they?
If it carries on like this, in a few years time I can easily see a Zyclon B chamber being part of the norm for treatment.
Liverpool had some type of paid for policy going on for bumping them off?
Well Colchester? I mean what the f**k were we doing here.
Still 3 resignations and 1 part timer agency bod that's been charged.
What A Whitewash, In The Home Of The Great White Elephant.
I notice another Dr is running the place at the moment as well, G*D help us!
Oh well the new Bishop of Brentwood is being ordained today, we had better start praying now !
Ok NDP - I just wanted to broadcast some genuine positive experience of my time in our hospital and the good treatment my whole family have enjoyed.
Ps NDP, the gaz has published an article on some good performance stats on stroke treatment in our hospital. But there is no comment available! Have you inside influence on this rag?
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nom De Plume[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]suzyn[/bold] wrote: Gasp...... No sh*t Sherlock. How Colchester is ever going to change it's reputation will take a miracle.[/p][/quote]Well angry I have always been with suzyn on this one. Who on earth thinks the regime here is going to change overnight? This town has turned into a f*****g disaster area in the last 12 months. No one in their right grey matter, would ever dream of taking a job here unless they were utterly desperate, why would they? If it carries on like this, in a few years time I can easily see a Zyclon B chamber being part of the norm for treatment. Liverpool had some type of paid for policy going on for bumping them off? Well Colchester? I mean what the f**k were we doing here. Still 3 resignations and 1 part timer agency bod that's been charged. What A Whitewash, In The Home Of The Great White Elephant. I notice another Dr is running the place at the moment as well, G*D help us! Oh well the new Bishop of Brentwood is being ordained today, we had better start praying now ![/p][/quote]Ok NDP - I just wanted to broadcast some genuine positive experience of my time in our hospital and the good treatment my whole family have enjoyed.[/p][/quote]Ps NDP, the gaz has published an article on some good performance stats on stroke treatment in our hospital. But there is no comment available! Have you inside influence on this rag? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Mon 7 Jul 14

manikpompoo@gmail.com says...

To all the people of Colchester, Please do not go to Radiotherapy centre of Colchester hospital, Their protocols are faulty and the radiographers do unplanned deviation in the treatment plan, which causes healthy tissues to receive radiation which is supposed to be received by cancer cells, Breast patient are receiving the worst quality treatment.
If you do not trust me then you go to the department and inquire about the research or any evidence which they have for their protocols. You will be surprised that they have been practicing without evidence, and CQC has never inspected them.
To all the people of Colchester, Please do not go to Radiotherapy centre of Colchester hospital, Their protocols are faulty and the radiographers do unplanned deviation in the treatment plan, which causes healthy tissues to receive radiation which is supposed to be received by cancer cells, Breast patient are receiving the worst quality treatment. If you do not trust me then you go to the department and inquire about the research or any evidence which they have for their protocols. You will be surprised that they have been practicing without evidence, and CQC has never inspected them. manikpompoo@gmail.com
  • Score: 0
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