'No compelling evidence' that service was unsafe
AS part of the independent reviews Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust commissioned a rapid responsive review into the obstetrics and gynaecology department.
This was to assess the safety and quality of the service which is provided to the women who use the department.
It found that there was "no compelling evidence to find that this was an unsafe service".
It added: "However in gynaecology we found areas where the patient experience could be improved."
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The main concerns were over privacy and dignity issues and in particular that male urology patients were being nursed in the same ward as gynaecology patients.
The report states: "There were also environmental issues with poor facilities for breaking bad news and for examination of gynaecology patients out of hours, along with inappropriate signage and confidential patient information on public display."
There were concerns raised over the obstetric unit.
The report states: "We heard first hand about staffing pressures and recruitment difficulties."
It went on: "We observed midwifery staff managing caseloads with levels of staffing that the review team felt had the potential to expose staff, women and their babies to risks.
"These risks are not shown by routine recording and evaluation.
"We were informed of midwifery staff working at capacity with long hours and overtime worked to support the close-knit team."
It added: "We observed some suggestion of a culture of reluctance to escalate concerns by some staff."
The review made ten recommendations each for the gynaecology and obstetrics department.