The Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust has responded to the Care Quality Commission assessment of the trust's care for patients following an inspection in March.
It's been dubbed the worst hospital in the country but after almost three years in special measures, Medway Maritime has now started to make progress. An interim report shows the hospital is safer and leadership has improved. Maternity services are also rated good. However, staff shortages and low morale still need to be tackled. Inspectors say the hospital is now on the road to recovery but it will remain in special measures for the next six months. Tom Savvides has the latest.
An interim report into care at Medway Maritime Hospital has found significant improvements have been made over the last few months.
Earlier this year the NHS trust which runs the hospital was advised it would remain in "special measures".
However inspectors say they're still concerned about emergency care, surgery and outpatient services.
A new scanner to detect cancer in patients has arrived at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.
The start of the art machine is able to detect the disease more accurately.
It's been branded one of the worst hospitals in the NHS, with high death rates, spiralling debts and it's in special measures. But it's now emerged that the Medway Maritime Hospital's Finance Director has quit after 18 months in the job, after he and his consultancy firm were paid £1.5m. Tom Savvides reports.
Bolt Partners said that, in any project that they're involved in, they have made savings equivalent to a multiple of their fees. In Medway's case, they say they have made savings of around £6.5m.
A woman who was admitted to hospital with serious respiratory problems says she was shocked at the lack of, what she calls, basic facilities.
Diana Hill from Rochester said during her time at Medway Maritime Hospital, they ran out of hot water.
The Trust has since apologised as John Ryall reports.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust needs to improve the care patients receive at the emergency department at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.
That's the finding of the Care Quality Commission, after it carried out an unannounced inspection, following an anonymous tip-off.
The CQC has told the trust to make urgent improvements at the hospital, in Windmill Road, following a surprise inspection in December. Inspectors found the hospital was failing to meet the national standards relating to care and welfare of people, and cleanliness and infection control.
Warning notices were issued to the trust in both areas. A full report from this inspection has been published on the CQC website today.
A Kent hospital is under fire from a health watchdog for the second time in three months. In July, the Medway Maritime - in Gillingham - was one of 11 British hospitals placed in special measures because of high patient death rates.
Now the Care Quality Commission has uncovered serious safety issues over its maternity unit. It said too few midwives - and failing to carry out regular checks on medical equipment - was putting mothers and babies at risk.
Sarah Saunders spoke to mother Donna Butler, Adrian Hughes from the Care Quality Commission and Chief nurse Steve Hamms.
The Care Quality Commission says urgent action must be taken to improve the welfare of women using maternity services at Medway Maritime Hospital. The hospital failed to meet any of the six standards checked by the CQC and was found to have too few midwives to properly care for mothers and babies.
We spoke to Rehman Chishti, Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham.