Another of Cumbria's NHS Trusts has been told it's not up to scratch.
The Morecambe Bay Trust which runs the Westmorland General in Kendal is set to be placed into special measures.
A series of inspections found that the quality of care at their hospitals needed improvements, although the report said the Westmorland General itself was providing good overall care.
Kendal's hospital has come out the best but it runs fewer services than the Lancaster Infirmary and the Furness General.
That means many patients from this area are sent to Lancaster or Barrow. Fiona Marley Paterson been looking into what difference this will make to patient care.
The NHS trust which runs the Westmorland General in Kendal is to be placed into special measures.
It follows a series of inspections that found that the quality of care at two hospitals of the Morecambe Bay NHS Trust needed improvements, although the Westmorland General itself was providing a good service overall.
The county's two other main hospitals are already in special measures. Here's Fiona Marley Patterson.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC)says there are several ways in which the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust needs to improve:
- It needs to recruit more staff and the right staff.
- It needs to report when things go wrong and make sure they don't happen again.
- It needs better records and more assessment of its own performance.
The CQC have recommended the Trust be put into special measures, meaning the hospitals will get extra help to make the necessary improvement.
Kendal's Westmorland General Hospital has been named as providing a good over all service.
The county's other two main hospitals, run by the trust, are already in special measures.
The Chief Executive of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation has expressed her disappointment at the news that the Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust is set to be placed in special measures.
Jackie Daniel said 'significant improvements' are being made within the trust but that it will take some time for them to be fully implemented.
The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has said that it is "disappointing" that he has had to put the Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust into special measures.
The Chief Inspector of hospitals in England has recommended that the NHS trust that runs the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal be placed into special measures.
It follows a series of inspections that found that the quality of care at two of its hospitals needed improvement, although the Westmorland General itself was providing a good service overall.
The county's two other main hospitals are already in special measures.
More than 600 people may have suffered as a result of delays in outpatient appointments at the hospitals run by the Morcambe Bay Hospital Trust, which includes the Westmorland General in Kendal.
The trust has contacted 19,000 patients who had their outpatient appointments delayed to explain that their care may have been affected.
The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust reviewed all outpatient appointments and found that 663 people may have been adversely affected as a result.
Sir David Henshaw, the interim Chair of the Trust, said: “It is unacceptable that these delays occurred. Local people are right to feel that they have been let down by this Trust in the past.
"The problems are being addressed. There is still a lot to do but I want to be clear: providing safe, high quality patient care will always be our priority. We will not preside over unsafe services."