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MetiNews.Com - After five years of being in special measures the trust responsible for Worcestershire Royal, Alexandra and Kidderminster hospitals has been upgraded
Breaking News ! A hospital trust in Worcestershire has hailed coming out of special measures after years under scrutiny of the healthcare watchdog. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester, Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre – has been upgraded by health care inspectors after five years it confirmed on Thursday (September 24). The Trust, which is also responsible for a surgical unit at Evesham Community Hospital and services at Malvern Community Hospital, has been told it is out of special measures but there is still work to be done. Read More Related Articles Coronavirus test site for frontline workers opens in Worcestershire Read More Related Articles Worcestershire coronavirus rates drop by almost a third in week – but ‘aren’t a true picture’ It had received two s29A warning notices in January and July 2017 – with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) expressed concerns with the healthcare provided at its sites. It had also been issued with requirement notices and told to improve standards, which it has done. Last year the CQC said the effectiveness of services and their caring element are ‘good, their safety, responsiveness and leadership all ‘requirement improvement’ in a report dated September 20, 2019. But the Trust’s use of resources were ‘inadequate’. The trust as of December 2018 had 737 acute beds, 66 for maternity and 37 critical beds across five sites. Read More Related Articles Sixteen schools in Worcestershire have had pupils off due to Covid-19 fears Read More Related Articles Fury as Covid cases confirmed at Heart of Worcestershire College - but it won't say at which site The CQC urged the trust to manage patient flow effectively ‘to ensure all patients had access to the right care at the right time’. A year ago leaders were said to ‘know what to do’ but as strategies and improvement plans were still being developed and implemented, “there was not yet fully demonstrable, sustainable improvements in the quality of all patient care and treatment over time.” The regulatory body had a question mark over responsiveness and said: “Not all patients in emergency care, medical care and outpatients’ services were receiving timely assessment and treatment.
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Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, welcomed the news and told staff on Thursday (September 24). He said: “This is fantastic news for colleagues across our Trust who have worked so hard to put our patients first and provide the safest, highest quality care they can. “It is recognition of the progress we have made, and is another very important step forward on our improvement journey, following on from last year’s greatly improved CQC ratings and the way we have risen to the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of our staff for the improvements they have helped to deliver. “There is still much we have to do, and many more challenges to overcome, but this announcement is a huge vote of confidence in our ability to make sure that every patient coming through the doors of our hospitals gets the best, safest, most compassionate care.” He added: “It is essential that we continue to work together to prepare for the twin challenges of winter and a resurgence of Covid-19 so that we can keep our patients and our staff safe and make sure that we provide timely access to the best care in the right setting for everyone who needs it.” Simon Trickett, chief executive of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG added: “This is fantastic news for patients. It is a great achievement and reflects the tremendous amount of work that has been put over recent years. Congratulations to everyone involved, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Trust as they move forward on their improvement journey.” While a spokesperson for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands said: “This is great news for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals and the population it serves, and is testament to the commitment the trust and its staff has made to making key improvements.”
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