Department of Health inspectors visited Wexham Park Hospital on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 February, 2014, to carry-out a 2 yearly check.
Two Human Tissue Authority (HTA) inspectors discovered irregularities and discrepancies at the hospital.
The HTA told the Slough Times:
As a result of this inspection, a 'serious event' was reported to us which we are currently investigating.
6 weeks after the February inspection, hospital staff contacted the Slough Times expressing their annoyance at what they said was
Feeble top management's inability to exhibit even basic
leadership continues to bring the reputation of this hospital and of its loyal
and dedicated staff, struggling in difficult circumstances to do their best for
patients, into disrepute. It is unfair to everyone who works so tirelessly for
The HTA is a government regulator, part of the Department of Health, which inspects hospital facilities involved with Human tissues. This includes body flesh, internal organs and bone marrow.
The HTA does not inspect clinical operations or hospital staff.
The HTA's remit to to protect patient health and safety by ensuring all Human parts used to treat patients have been collected, processed, stored and handled using the best possible and most safest methods.
In simple terms the HTA is a medical watchdog (also known as a Regulator) for all Human body parts transplanted into patients. The HTA wants patients receiving Human parts not to die or contact an illness or disease.
Wexham Park Hospital has to apply for, and pay for, a license to handle Human body parts. Routine periodic HTA inspections are made every 2 years. HTA inspectors are not medical doctors but are professionally trained experts in all aspects of Human tissues.
The HTA will publish the final version of its report, after Wexham Park bosses try every trick in the book to downgrade the criticisms, within 90 days of the inspection. That means before 2 June 2014. The report will appear on the HTA web site.
The Slough Times understands Wexham Park Hospital stored Human tissues at too high temperatures reducing their 'use before date' and that the hospital's record keeping was 'abysmally bad' meaning some records may be missing, incomplete or even wrong.
The hospital has asked representatives from the
Royal College of Surgeons of England to
an urgent and through investigation.
The hospital's Director of Corporate Affairs, Thomas Lafferty, fearing the Mail on Sunday and the Slough Observer newspapers would expose the shocking negligence scandal, hastily prepared the following press statement on Friday afternoon, 4 April 2014, before departing on a two week holiday.
The Slough Times asked the hospital's acting chief executive Grant MacDonald:-
Independent advice sought by the Trust from the appropriate regulatory body
has established that any potential risk to the patients in question would be
We await the hospital's clarification.
More details coming ....
The HTA inspects circa 200 Tissue-handling licensed establishments every year.
The Slough Observer published this story on 11 April 2014
sloughobserver.co.uk/news/slough/articles/2014/04/11/99342 and printed it in their weekly edition dated 11 April 2014 on page 2, beneath the heading "Out-of-date bones used in operation".