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Report reveals Royal Surrey's 'capacity and staffing' issues

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.


Care watchdog labels Bournemouth hospital as 'dangerous'

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 report into the hospital found some aspects of care were not met Credit: PA

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.

Head and Neck above the competition

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 accompanied by a short description and location.


Hospital halts child surgery

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.

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Health watchdog monitoring BMI Mount Alvernia

A report about the Care Quality Commission's inspection of the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford was due to be published today, but was delayed after the hospital made last-minute representations on two issues, the watchdog said.

Following the inspection CQC raised serious concerns with the provider and formally warned them that immediate improvements were required to protect people from coming to harm.As a result of our concerns being raised with them, BMI agreed to voluntarily suspend children's surgical admissions at the hospital and to start making other changes required. We have continued to monitor the hospital closely. Full details of our inspection will be published shortly.

– A spokesman for the Care Quality Commission
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Hospital: We let our patients down and we apologise

Following a suspension of children's surgery by the BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford after a Care Quality Commission inspection, BMI says the failings have been "fully addressed".

The hospital's practices let BMI and our patients down and I apologise for that. In 2012 we were not maintaining the high standards that we and our regulators demand at Mount Alvernia.

However our staff responded selflessly and, with a strengthened team and support from our national clinical experts, have ensured that the failings identified at the turn of the year are now fully addressed and that the hospital continues to provide the high quality care for which it is known and which prevail across our other hospitals.

– Chief executive of BMI Healthcare Stephen Collier
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