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Sheffield hospital apologises for death mistakes

Signs outside Northern General Hospital Image copyright Geograph / Terry Robinson
Image caption Two patients died at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield

Two patients died as a result of errors at a Sheffield hospital in the space of a fortnight.

The incidents happened at the Northern General Hospital in March.

They were among 29 serious untoward incidents (SUIs), including five deaths, recorded in 2016 by the NHS Trust at the five hospitals it runs across the city.

The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request by the Sheffield Star newspaper.

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David Throssell, medical director at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said the trust's "priority is always to provide safe, high quality care" and that more than two million people had received care at the trust's hospitals last year.

'Checks and procedures'

"We take every one of these incidents extremely seriously and always undertake a full investigation into the causes," he said.

"We are very sorry that any of these events happened and especially where the incident tragically resulted in harm to the patient.

"Often the incident is not the result of a deliberate failing, more often than not it is a case of genuine unintentional human error, but in all the instances reported, a range of actions have been implemented with many additional checks and procedures put in place to help limit the chance of these errors happening again."

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