A TEAM of investigators is looking into older people's healthcare following the attempted murder of two elderly patients by a Leighton Hospital nurse.
Patients and residents are being asked to comment on their experiences of in-patient services for older people at the Crewe hospital.
The decision to conduct an investigation follows the conviction last year of nurse Barbara Salisbury on two charges of attempted murder at Leighton Hospital in 2002.
Salisbury, 48, formerly of Lime Grove, Shavington, and Lear Drive, Wistaston, was jailed for five years in June.
The investigation will look at the arrangements that were in place at that time and will also establish whether the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Leighton, now has adequate arrangements in place to protect patients.
A Healthcare Commission investigation team wants to talk to people who have an interest in the older people's services provided by the trust.
The commission will begin the investigation by collecting and analysing relevant information. Individual and small group meetings will be organised locally to find out about the experiences of all interested parties.
If you have had experience of the in-patient care received at the trust by older people from 1998 onwards, you will have the opportunity to talk to a member of the investigation team at two stakeholder events being held on February 23 and 24 in Crewe between 10am and 6pm.
Once the investigation is complete, a report outlining the findings will be published. The report will make recommendations for the trust and its partner bodies and will aim to provide lessons for the rest of the NHS.
Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker said: 'We aim to focus on patients in everything we do. That is why an important part of this investigation is to ask patients and relatives about their experiences.
'Our aim is to find out what went wrong, what systems the trust has in place to ensure this does not happen again and how we can help them to make further improvements to protect the safety of patients.'
For further information or to set up an appointment, call the Healthcare Commission helpdesk on 0845 601 2238.