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NHS referrals and children’s surgery are suspended at BMI Healthcare’s Mount Alvernia Hospital

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 03 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2926
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Referrals of all NHS patients and all surgery on children have been suspended at a private hospital in Surrey after an inspection by the main NHS regulator found the hospital to be failing several quality standards.

The BMI Healthcare’s Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford, Surrey—an independent acute care hospital—has now replaced its management team after a highly critical inspection by the Care Quality Commission. Care is now back to a good standard, it said.

Inspections carried out in December last year and January this year found medical, surgical, and nursing practices at the hospital were so poor that people were put at “significant risk” that was sometimes “life threatening,” despite staff members themselves raising concerns with …

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