Furness General Hospital
|Furness General Hospital|
|University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust|
The Accident and Emergency entrance at FGH
|Location||Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, North West England, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Affiliated university||Lancaster Medical School|
|Emergency department||Yes Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in the United Kingdom|
Furness General Hospital (FGH) is a hospital located in the Hawcoat area of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. It is part of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
The hospital, which replaced four local hospitals (Devonshire Road Hospital, North Lonsdale Hospital, Risedale Maternity Hospital and Roose Hospital), opened on 14 October 1984. Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister, visited the hospital in September 1986.
One of the world's worst legionnaires' disease outbreaks occurred in Barrow in October 2002. Ultimately 7 people died as a result of contracting the disease, while a further 172 cases were confirmed at the hospital.
The Furness General Hospital scandal involved an investigation by Cumbria Constabulary and other government and public bodies into the deaths of several mothers and newborn babies at the hospital. Cases dated back to 2004, with a number of major incidents occurring in 2008. The death of Joshua Titcombe and a suppressed report by the Morecambe Bay NHS Trust brought the spotlight onto the hospital in 2011 when investigations began. Claims of medical records being intentionally destroyed alongside the discovery of major wrongdoing on behalf of midwives led to threats of closure to the maternity ward.
The body of Derrick Bird who killed 12 people in the 2010 Cumbria shootings was formally identified at the hospital. However, unlike West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary, FGH was not on high alert during the shooting spree itself.
A ward was closed in April 2015 after an outbreak of norovirus.
The new South Lakes Birth Centre, built at a cost of £12 million, was opened at the hospital on 14 February 2018.
An average of between 1,200 and 1,300 babies are delivered in FGH every year, this is one of the lowest figures of any general hospital in North West England. In terms or waiting times at FGH, 93% of patients are treated within an 18 week period. The MRSA blood infection rate at the hospital is extremely low with only 0.8 infections for every 10,000 bed days. (which is on par with national average). Overall the hospital has been rated 'fair' although the food provided has been rated 'excellent' and the quality of the hospital environment, 'good' (81% of people who have rated FGH on the NHS official website would recommend to a friend).
An inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published in February 2017 gave the hospital a good overall rating with caring graded as outstanding but with patient safety requiring improvement. The CQC inspected the service again in 2019. The hospital's overall rating was unchanged.
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