Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Concerns over Royal Bolton Hospital mortality rates

Investigation into potential misclassification of septicaemia deaths

As reported by the BBC (, an investigation is underway into the number of recorded deaths at Royal Bolton Hospital attributed to septicaemia (blood poisoning).

The hospital has recorded 800 deaths from septicaemia between March 2011 and April 2012, which is four times higher than other hospitals of comparable size.

The Chief Executive of the NHS Trust which governs the hospital has stepped aside after initial findings revealed discrepancies in the data regarding causes of death.

It is suggested that attributing deaths to septicaemia (rather than other causes) made the hospital’s mortality rates look better. In addition, hospitals who deal with higher numbers of infections such as septicaemia receive additional funding from the government.

The investigation is underway and if it is determined that any deaths have been incorrectly recorded by the hospital, further steps will need to be taken to notify families.

If you have concerns regarding treatment you have received, please contact a member of our specialist medical negligence team for advice.