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Hospital warned after surprise inspection

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.

VIDEO: Maternity unit must take 'urgent action'

by Sarah Saunders @SSaundersITV

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.

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'Urgent action' must be taken on maternity ward

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.

Medway hospital needs to improve midwifery services

The Care Quality Commission has told Medway NHS Foundation Trust that it must take urgent action to improve the safety and welfare of women using maternity and midwifery services at Medway Maritime Hospital.

The hospital watchdog has issued three formal warnings to the Gillingham hospital following an inspection in August.

It had failed to meet any of the six standards of care checked.

Hospital death rates linked to 'lack of consultants'

A hospital in Kent has one of the highest death rates in the country because of a lack of specialist doctors.

That's the claim made today by the Royal College of Physicians, who say the Medway Maritime is one of 12 hospitals suffering from too little consultant care.

The hospital has only one senior consultant for every 8,000 patients.

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