England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals has called for improvements at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
A team of CQC inspectors visited Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke, the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital in June and July 2018 to check the quality of three core services: urgent and emergency care, medical care and surgery. CQC also looked specifically at management and leadership to answer the key question: Is the trust well led?
As a result of this inspection the trust has now been rated 'Requires Improvement' overall. For caring the trust was rated as 'Good'. For safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and well led it was rated as 'Requires Improvement'.
Following the inspection, CQC used its urgent enforcement powers to impose six conditions on the trust's registration:
- There must be an effective system in place to assess and monitor the ongoing care and treatment to patients while in the emergency department.
- The trust must ensure that there are enough suitably qualified staff on duty in the emergency department at all times to care for children.
- The provider must ensure that children and young people are cared for in an environment which is tailored to meet and protect their needs.
- The trust must ensure at least one member of staff is available each shift who is trained in advanced paediatric life support.
- The trust must ensure that there are enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff deployed throughout the emergency department. The staffing levels and deployment of staff must be reviewed and adapted as required at regular intervals throughout the day.
- The trust must submit a report to CQC which demonstrates the actions taken to ensure that the conditions listed above are complied.
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