BOSSES of Barrow's hospital were told to make changes by a health and safety watchdog after being served with an improvement notice.

The Health and Safety Executive said it had identified a 'material breach' of regulations at Furness General Hospital earlier this year.

The so-called breach related to the monitoring of radiation risk within the hospital's 'nuclear medicines' department. 

Nuclear medicine involves a scan or test to show how various parts of the body are working.

Patients can receive a very small amount of radiation, similar to an X-ray, that can be picked up by a scanner.

Informing the Morecambe Bay NHS Trust of the 'breach,' HSE said 'you have insufficient arrangements in place, within your nuclear medicine department, to ensure that organisation, control, monitoring and review, of the risks associated with your work with ionising radiation, are effective', contrary to the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974, Section 2(1) and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 5.

The notice was issued by the body in April

According to HSE, the improvement notice has now been complied with.

A spokesperson for HSE said: “An Improvement Notice was served against University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust after a material breach was identified."

The hospital trust said the incident was quickly closed after HSE investigations and there was no risk to patients, staff or the public.

The trust was ruled by HSE to have breached health and safety law last year following the death of a hospital worker who contracted coronavirus.

The watchdog ruled trust breached regulations on safety equipment worn by staff to protect themselves during the first wave of the virus.

A seven-month-long probe was conducted by HSE after a radiographer died from the virus in April 2020.

It resulted in the trust being given formal written advice after inspectors ruled there had been a breach of health and safety law.

The investigation found that not all staff had been properly fitted with masks that formed a seal on their faces.