England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has published his first report into the quality of care provided by the Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.
The trust was inspected after changes introduced by the Quality Care Commission.
Despite some areas of good care, including caring and compassionate staff, others areas needed improving.
Northampton General Hospitals Trust was told it must take action in the following areas:
• Review and act on how children are treated in the A&E department, as dedicated staff and facilities were limited.
• Ensure medical equipment is adequately tested and maintained.
• Strengthen governance to ensure it functions consistently at all levels.
• Improve the service provided to patients who access the hospital as an emergency.
• Address the significant issue with bed availability at the trust due to delays in appropriate discharge.
• Improve compliance with both mandatory training and staff appraisals.
• Review how medication is dispensed to patients after they have been discharged from hospital.
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