Case Number 4735
Request Date 19/04/2016
Completion Date 26/04/2016

 

Details of the Request

I would be grateful if you could let me have the following information, for two separate years: 2014 and 2015.

1) The number of medication errors recorded by the Trust for each of these two years.

2) The number of these incidents for each of these two years that were recorded as causing:

  • no harm
  • low harm
  • moderate harm
  • severe harm
  • death

3) The number of errors for each of these two years attributed to:

  • prescribing error
  • dispensing error or
  • any other cause

4) The number of errors for each of these two years attributed to:

  • the prescribing or dispensing of the wrong dose, or
  • the prescribing or dispensing of the wrong medicine.

5) The number of incidents for each of these two years in which the Trust has paid financial compensation to patients or relatives of patients in respect of medication errors, and the total paid in compensation for each of these two years in respect of medication errors.

6) Finally, does the Trust have a named medication safety officer, and when was this post established and filled?

 

Details of the Response

1) The number of medication errors recorded by the Trust for each of these two years.

  • 2014: 661
  • 2015: 716

 

2) The number of these incidents for each of these two years that were recorded as causing:

  2014 2015
no harm 592 662
low harm 64 50
moderate harm 5 4
severe harm 0 0
death 0 0

 

3) The number of errors for each of these two years attributed to:

  2014 2015
Prescribing 119 185
Dispensing 15 36
Other 527 495

 

4) The number of errors for each of these two years attributed to:

  2014 2015
Prescribing – Wrong Dose 21 86
Prescribing - Wrong Medicine 11 15
Dispensing – Wrong Dose 3 11
Dispensing – Wrong Medicine 2 17

 

5) The number of incidents for each of these two years in which the Trust has paid financial compensation to patients or relatives of patients in respect of medication errors, and the total paid in compensation for each of these two years in respect of medication errors.

There has been no incident in the last 2 years in which the Trust has paid financial compensation to patients or relatives of patients in respect of medication errors.

 

6) Finally, does the Trust have a named medication safety officer, and when was this post established and filled?

Yes, the Trust has a named medication safety officer. The post was established and filled in September 2014.