Stafford Hospital

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Stafford Hospital
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
Stafford Hospital Overview.jpg
Location Stafford, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 350
Founded 1983
Lists Hospitals in England

Stafford Hospital is an acute hospital with approximately 350 inpatient beds, opened in 1983. It is the main hospital in Stafford, England.[1]

The hospital is operated and managed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and provides a wide range of non-specialist medical and surgical services. Stafford Hospital's Accident and Emergency unit is the only such facility in Stafford. Wards at Stafford Hospital are numbered, with the exception of the children's wards (known as the "Anson Suite"), which are named after local towns and landmarks (e.g. Shugborough Ward).[citation needed]


Hospital entrance

This hospital was built on the site of Coton Hill private psychiatric hospital which opened in 1854 and was demolished in 1976 with only the old chapel and gatehouse still visible.[2] These buildings now form part of the Mid Staffordshire Postgraduate Medical Centre.

When the Stafford hospital site opened in 1983 it was named Stafford District General Hospital.[3] The hospital was renamed Staffordshire General Hospital when Staffordshire General Infirmary, also in Stafford, closed in the early 1990s and services transferred.[4]

It was widely described as a "showpiece" hospital on its opening. However in early 1985 it was the site of the serious 2nd major outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.[3]

In October 2011 a Care Quality Commission inspection found a lack of suitably trained nursing staff on duty in the accident and emergency department. In consequence the department was closed at night for three months to remedy this, and to allow time for staff development.[5]

In January 2013 a police investigation started following the discovery that a dummy had been taped to a baby's face, allegedly by a member of staff.[6]

In 2013 the hospital's regulator, Monitor, warned the trust was close to insolvent. Over the past five years there had been a 67% drop in the number of patients, largely due to a loss of patient's confidence following the Stafford Hospital scandal, and annual income had fallen by nearly £4 million.[7] Stafford Hospital's mortality rate is now amongst the best within the West Midlands.[8]

In July 2013 two Stafford Hospital nurses were struck off the nursing register for falsifying A&E discharge times between 2000–2010 to avoid breaches of four-hour waiting targets.[9]

Stafford Hospital scandal[edit]

The hospital has been at the centre of the major scandal in which numerous newspapers estimated that because of the substandard care between 400 and 1200 more patients died between 2005 and 2008 than would be expected for the type of hospital.[10][11] The 2010 an independent investigation recommended that the regulator, Monitor, de-authorise the Foundation Trust status.[12]

In June 2010, the new government announced a full public inquiry, expected to report in March 2011.[13] The final report was published on 6 February 2013, making 290 recommendations.[14][15]


  1. ^ Investigation into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Healthcare Commission, March 2009, pp. 16–17, ISBN 978-1-84562-220-6, retrieved 6 May 2009 
  2. ^ "Chapel, Coton Hill Asylum, Stafford". Staffordshire Past-Track. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Stafford's showpiece hospital". Express & Star (Wolverhampton). 1985. Archived from the original on 2002-06-23. 
  4. ^ "About our Trust". Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stafford Hospital's A&E department to close at night". BBC. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dummy taped to baby's face at Stafford Hospital". BBC. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Stafford Hospital: 'Damaging' fall in public confidence and income". BBC. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Trystan Jones (7 February 2013). "Rebuilding trust at Stafford Hospital". BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  9. ^ {cite news | url = | date = 5 July 2013 | title = Stafford nurses struck off over waiting times | publisher = BBC News Online}
  10. ^ Rebecca Smith (Medical Editor) (18 March 2009). "NHS targets 'may have led to 1,200 deaths' in Mid-Staffordshire". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Emily Cook (18 March 2009). "Stafford hospital scandal: Up to 1,200 may have died over "shocking" patient care". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Robert Francis QC (24 February 2010). Robert Francis Inquiry report into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. House of Commons. ISBN 978-0-10-296439-4. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  13. ^ Nick Triggle (9 June 2010). "Public inquiry into scandal-hit Stafford Hospital". BBC. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  14. ^ Nick Triggle (6 February 2013). "Stafford Hospital: Hiding mistakes 'should be criminal offence'". BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Robert Francis QC (6 February 2013). Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (Report). House of Commons. ISBN 9780102981476. Retrieved 9 February 2013.

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Coordinates: 52°48′39″N 2°05′54″W / 52.8107°N 2.0983°W / 52.8107; -2.0983