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Being Open

Staff work hard to deliver the highest standards of healthcare to all patients at West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust.

We provide safe and effective care to many thousands of people every year but sometimes, despite our best efforts, things can and do go wrong.

If a patient is harmed as a result of a mistake or error in their care, we believe that they, their family or those who care for them, should receive an apology, be kept fully informed as to what has happened, have their questions answered and know what is being done in response. This is something that we call Being Open and we make a commitment to our patients to:

  • empathise with the patient, their family or those who care for them
  • explain, openly and honestly, what has gone wrong and apologise
  • describe what we are doing in response to the mistake
  • offer support and counselling services that might be able to help
  • provide the name of a person to speak to
  • give updates on the results of any investigation including lessons learned to prevent recurrence

Stephen Dunn, Chief Executive, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust

Being Open Policy PP(10)197

Last updated: 19 Mar 2015 08:49:31.327

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