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25% Increase In Chance Of Dying At Weekends

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6:01am 16th July 2013

Pirate FM has learnt the risk of dying at Treliske goes up by a quarter at the weekend.

Researchers from Doctor Foster think it is riskier because there are not as many consultants on duty.

They say the increase in the figures, which date back to 2011, is the second biggest in the country.

Claire's teenage daughter got taken in for appendicitis from their home in Porthtowan before complications set in: "She had severe breathing problems and had to be rushed into intensive care. She was desperately ill. They were fantastic in there and she did survive it but there is no way I would want to go in there at weekends.

"They were short staffed, there is no doubt about that.

"It is not the staff's fault. They are really overworked and they did try their best - but these accidents happen.

"If she had been any older - if she had been my age - she probably wouldn't have survived."

Medical Director at the Royal Cornwall, Dr Paul Upton said: “Our overall mortality rates are within the expected range for an NHS Trust of our size, the average age of patients and the complexity of their care. We thoroughly reviewed our records when these figures were reported but did not identify any cause for concern.

“The most recent data shows our weekend mortality rates to be in line with what would be expected and our patients can be assured they will receive safe, high standards of care no matter when they are admitted to hospital.”
6:01am 16th July 2013

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