Hospital issues are addressed, say chiefs

CONCERNS that were raised in a health watchdog report on Scarborough Hospital have now all been addressed, bosses say.

The Care Quality Commission report, which came out in September, highlighted 59 concerns about the standard of healthcare and facilities, such as poorly maintained facilities in the A&E department, patients’ private details left in waiting areas and insufficient staffing.

The matter was highlighted at a meeting of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Health Trust board at Scarborough Hospital on Tuesday.

Teresa Fenech, chief nurse and deputy chief executive, explained that when the trust completed its yearly registration process with the Care Quality Commission in April, three conditions were applied in the areas of medical staffing, medical records staffing and estates.

The latter two of these were removed following an unannounced visit in July, but the commission also indentified the 59 concerns that the trust has been working on ever since.

Ms Fenech said: “A number of unannounced visits were then carried out by the commission to assess progress against the action plans in respect of all the standards.

“The outcome of the reviews is that the trust has made significant progress. At Scarborough all 16 outcomes have been assessed as compliant, although a number of improvement actions are requested in order to maintain compliance.

“At Bridlington 15 of 16 outcomes have been assessed as compliant, again with some improvement actions to support maintenance of compliance.”

She added that the one area of non-compliance relates to “care and welfare of people who use our services” and that action is ongoing to address this.

Ms Fenech said: “This demonstrates a significant change in our position.”