16 July 2018

Rennie Grove and Syringe Drivers

A recent investigation into patient deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital highlighted the inappropriate use of Graseby syringe drivers as a contributory factor in the overdosing of patients.

Whilst Rennie Grove Hospice Care used Graseby syringe drivers to help control patients’ symptoms when appropriate, they were replaced in 2013 with McKinley syringe pumps in line with advice from the NHS National Patient Safety Agency.

Rennie Grove has always followed strict guidelines for the use of syringe drivers and has always ensured that its clinical staff receive rigorous and comprehensive training in how to use the devices for the effective relief of patients’ symptoms.

Sue Varvel, Director of Nursing and Clinical Services at Rennie Grove said:

“We assess each patient individually and the type of medication and doses are decided in consultation with GPs and other clinicians involved in the patient’s care.  We have strict policies, processes and procedures in place for the use of syringe pumps and all clinical staff received regular training to ensure their practice is safe and effective.”

Patients or family members who are concerned about any aspect of this investigation or Rennie Grove’s use of syringe drivers should contact Sue directly on sue.varvel@renniegrove.org.