British Children’s Hospital Criticised in Watchdog Report

19 March 2009 (Last Updated March 19th, 2009 18:30)

Birmingham Children's hospital has come under fire for performing surgery without specialist theatre nurses, the UK's health watchdog has revealed. This led to an incident where a surgeon was handed the wrong instrument, according to the Healthcare Commission (HC) report. Al

Birmingham Children's hospital has come under fire for performing surgery without specialist theatre nurses, the UK's health watchdog has revealed.

This led to an incident where a surgeon was handed the wrong instrument, according to the Healthcare Commission (HC) report.

Although the commission said there was "no evidence of any serious incidents causing harm to patients", the hospital says it welcomes the report and will take steps to improve the situation.

"While we acknowledge that the issues raised were significant, the clinicians involved at the time managed all situations expertly," Birmingham Children’s Hospital said in a statement. "I sincerely regret any distress caused to children, young people and their families during this time."

"We are extremely fortunate to be able to count on specialist consultants. We are working very closely with them to make sure that they are involved as we increase and improve services."

Birmingham Children's Hospital is one of the largest centres for acute care for children in the country with ten operating theatres and 20 intensive care beds.

The Hospital Trust has also recently announced a £1.8m expansion to its liver unit.

By staff writer.