Hospital gets clean bill of health

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Scarborough Hospital has been praised in a recent report by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors from the commission carried out unannounced visits in January at both Scarborough and York Hospitals as part of their work to assess York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust has been given a clean bill of health as it was found to be meeting all of the essential standards they assessed.

The commission inspected maternity and paediatric services at York Hospital, including the special care baby unit.

At Scarborough Hospital they visited Dales Ward, Willow Ward and the newly-reopened Graham Ward.

During their visit the team placed a significant focus on patient experience and patient feedback, and sought the views of staff, patients and their relatives.

The inspectors reported that at Scarborough Hospital, “Everyone we spoke with made positive comments about the staff attending to them, and about their experiences whilst in hospital.”

They said: “People told us they thought the care was very good, that they were being properly cared for and their needs were being met.”

Libby McManus, chief nurse for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that we were found to be meeting these essential standards, and I would like to thank the staff who work hard every day to ensure that we are giving our patients the best possible care, especially at a time when the hospital is particularly busy.

“We welcome external scrutiny of our services, and it is important to us to know what others think of the care we provide. Therefore we listen to patients, staff and organisations such as the Care Quality Commission to help us continually improve.

“This is the first time the commission has conducted a routine inspection since we became a single organisation in July 2012, and it is a credit to all of our staff that we have been given external recognition of our improving standards. It is particularly pleasing to read the positive comments made by patients and relatives.

“This is such a positive report for us, but we can never afford to be complacent, and as I would expect from such a detailed inspection the commission highlighted a small number of minor areas for improvement.

“On the whole these concerned the environment and the general age and wear and tear of some of the facilities.

“We know that some of our wards are in need of updating, and we have plans in place through our capital development programme to improve the areas most in need.

“As part of the acquisition process we received £20m of funding from the Department of Health for capital investment at Scarborough Hospital, and we were recently awarded over £400k of funding to improve maternity facilities at York Hospital.”

The reports can be read in full at www.cqc.org.uk The Care Quality Commission checks all hospitals in England to ensure they are meeting national standards and shares its findings with the public.