News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

CDHB Responds to HDC Report

DATE: 16.12.08
SUBJECT: CDHB Responds to HDC Report


Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) will again apologise to the partner and parents of Dean Carroll and continue to provide updates on improvements made to Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department to the Health and Disability Commissioner, following today’s release of the HDC report on the death of Mr Carroll.

Dean Carroll attended Christchurch Hospital’s ED on Friday 13 April 2007 and died at home the following morning

“We have already formally apologised to the Carroll family but will certainly do so again at the request of the HDC. We acknowledge that we are responsible for the care we provide to patients and are sincerely sorry that our processes did not result in Mr Carroll’s condition being diagnosed,” Mark Leggett, CDHB’s General Manager Medical and Surgical Services said.

“The Report also acknowledges the difficulty of diagnosing Mr Carroll’s illness – a rare disease that presented in an unusual way and then progressed in an uncharacteristic fashion.”

Since Mr Carroll’s death much has been done to improve systems and processes in the Emergency Department including Board support for a $4.84 million refurbishment and extension of the Department. The upgrade has increased the size of the department by a third and the number of beds from 39 to 55. Funding has also been made available to significantly increase the number of staff including ED consultants and nurses.

These changes were inspired by an Independent Review of the Department that was commissioned by Canterbury DHB after Mr Carroll’s death. Other improvements have included an upgraded waiting room, improved assessment times for ambulatory patients, improved wait times for patients and inservice education for doctors on the assessment of patients with back pain.

“We wanted to find out what circumstances could have contributed to Dean’s death and make any necessary improvements to the ED and our hospital systems in general,” Mr Leggett said. “In the report today, the HDC acknowledges the approach that we took and the enormous amount of work that has been done to improve our services. The work that we are doing is not just about the ED but patients’ experiences through the entire hospital.”

Project RED ( Rejuvenating the Emergency Department) has also been underway at Christchurch Hospital – a clinician led and Board supported programme of work that will continue to look at improvements that can be made to the Department.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland