Care Quality Commission

Teenager dies at Middlesbrough mental health hospital

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Cleveland Police is conducting inquiries after the death of a 17-year-old girl at the West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The girl died at the mental health hospital last week.

Admissions have been temporarily suspended by the Care Quality Commission to "protect the safety and welfare of residents".

West lane Hospital

Intensive care services at a Teesside hospital give worst possible rating

BBC Tees

Intensive care services at a Teesside hospital trust have been given the worst possible rating because of a shortage of beds and staff.

A Care Quality Commission report reveals "harm occurred" to patients at South Tees Hospitals Trust's James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, and Northallerton's Friarage Hospital.

The trusts' intensive care was rated Inadequate following a recent inspection.

The Inspectors have raised concerns over infection control and staff shortages.

The CQC visited the hospitals in January and February and revealed that harm had occurred to patients from three serious incidents because critical care beds weren't available.

South Tees Hospital

It also said that staffing shortages weren't reported, and infection control breaches occurred because they couldn't isolate patients with an infection.

The watchdog has downgraded the trust's rating for being "safe, effective and well-led" from Good to Requires Improvement.

It did, however, retain its Good rating for being caring and responsive.

The chief inspector of hospitals says action needs to be "taken quickly".

The trust says it has noted the CQC's findings and has already completed a number of actions, adding that they are now addressing all outstanding issues.