A hospital which was put into special measures is looking for new managers after its two top bosses resigned. The Chairman and Chief Executive of the Medway NHS Trust have announced they're both stepping down.
It comes at time when the hospital is trying to turn itself around following a series of highly critical reports. Tom Savvides has the latest. He spoke to Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillngham and Rainham.
The two senior managers of a failing hospital have announced they're stepping down from their posts.
Chairman Denise Harker and Chief Executive Mark Devlin are in charge of The Medway Martime Hospital in Gillingham.
The hospital has been criticised in a number of reports about patient safety and has been put on 'special measures" and told to improve.
Earlier this week it was announced that an extra five million pounds was to be spent improving the A and E Department.
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As the Care Quality Commission releases their report on Royal Bournemouth Hospital, we speak to people in our region about their experience at the hospital. The hospital says it's 'sorry' for its mistakes and is working to much improvements. Richard Slee has this report
The Care Quality Commission report released today on the care of hospitals across the UK has revealed that the Royal Surrey was working to full capacity.
These capacity issues included the staffing levels for support staff as well as staffing on wards particularly the elderly.
Patients were generally positive in their comments about the care they received at the hospital and were keen to be involved in the improvement at the hospital.
They were at full capacity and staffing in some areas left little allowance for contingency planning.
The report found the staff to be caring but not all patients had their expectations met and cancer patients identified a number of improvements to be made.
A nationwide report into the quality of care in hospitals across our region has found that the Royal Bournemouth Hospital does not meet the required levels.
The damning report on the hospital said: "The seriousness of the impact of poor care on patients outweighed the many positive comments."
The Care Quality Commission, which is England's independent regulator of health and social care, also found that the hospital was heavily understaffed despite an increasing numbers of patients.
The report found that staff did not always receive mandatory training and were not trained specifically to the areas they might work in.
It also revealed that staff did not feel safe in the hospital and security arrangements made them feel vulnerable.
Following this report, the CQC will develop a plan of action to address the mentioned issues and the inspectors will go back to the hospital, ensuring the suitable measures are taken out.
Photographers have been given the chance to see their work on display at Worthing Hospital, by entering a new competition.
The photos will be used to adorn the new Head and Neck facility which has been created by merging the old Ear, Nose and Throat departments.
There are two categories in the competition: entrants can submit images either in the 'West Sussex' section or 'Head and Neck' to reflect clinical work.
The best entries will be hung in the new department and there will be prizes for the top three of each category.
The NHS Trust is inviting people from across West Sussex to submit photos that are appropriate for display in public areas that are interesting, amusing or beautiful.
Photos can be submitted to email@example.com accompanied by a short description and location.
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Ian Biggs, Deputy Director of Operations (South) Care Quality Commission, explains the findings of a report into Mount Alvernia Hospital.
A private hospital has suspended children's surgery after the health watchdog raised "serious concerns" about the service.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) demanded immediate improvements at the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford, Surrey.