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Hospital services in Hampshire rated as 'good'

The Royal Hampshire County Hospital has been rated as good Credit: ITV Meridian

Services run by the Trust which looks after the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester have been rated good by the Care Quality Commission.

A team of inspectors which included doctors, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, experts by experience and senior NHS managers visited three hospitals as part of CQC's programme of inspections of all NHS trusts - the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Winchester and Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

Andover War Memorial Hospital has been rated as 'Requires Improvement.'

The Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester has been rated as good Credit: ITV Meridian

"Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust sets an example that many could learn from. The trust's long term strategy is to deliver safer, more sustainable services and better outcomes for patients - and this is reflected at all levels.

"There is work to do in some areas. There were significant numbers of vacancies in some areas, with wards relying on nursing staff working longer hours, or by sharing staff or staff skills across shifts. At times some people were waiting too long in the emergency department.

"The leadership team showed a commitment to develop and continuously improve services, and staff were positive about working for the trust and the quality of care they provided.

"We saw many areas of outstanding practice, but it is notable that we found end of life care to be outstanding in all three hospitals and in all departments with staff who clearly lived up to the trust's core values, and whose work was appreciated by many patients and their families.

"I am confident that the trust will take this inspection to heart, and continue to improve services further for the benefit of its patients."

– The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards