Hospitals 'at risk' of poor care

Two NHS trusts in the region have been judged 'at risk' of providing poor care to patients, according to a Care Quality Commission report: Royal United Hospital Bath and Weston Area Health. A quarter of UK hospitals are in the same category.

CQC Report: Weston Area Health responds

Weston Area Health NHS Trust has responded to Care Quality Commission report judging it to be 'at risk' of providing poor care to patients

Delivering high standards of patient care is our absolute priority at Weston.

Having recognised that in the past we weren’t always achieving this, a programme of improvements and investments across the Trust have been put in place.

Although we are disappointed that our banding is low, some of it is based on historic data.

And so we look forward to welcoming the CQC back to Weston General so they can see the improvements we’ve already made and support us in making more changes so that we can deliver the standard of care the community of North Somerset deserve.

– Statement from Weston Area Health NHS Trust

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'At risk' trusts: How report judged the West's hospitals

The Care Quality Commission rated the UK's NHS trusts on their ability to provide good care. In the list below, 6 is the highest rating (i.e. not at risk of providing poor care) and 1 is the lowest (i.e. at risk of providing poor care).

  • Weston Area Health 2
  • Royal United Hospital Bath 2
  • Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases 3
  • Great Western Hospitals 3
  • Gloucestershire Hospitals 4
  • Yeovil District Hospital 5
  • Taunton and Somerset 5
  • North Bristol 5
  • University Hospitals Bristol 6

Two hospitals 'at risk' of providing poor care

Two hospital trusts in the region are 'at risk' of providing poor care to patients, according to a Care Quality Commission report - they are Royal United Hospital Bath and Weston Area Health. The report found that nearly a quarter of hospitals in the UK are similarly 'at risk'.

However, the report named University Hospitals Bristol as one of the trusts least 'at risk'.

The Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust has been criticised for the time taken to treat patients as well as its number of cancelled operations. The Weston Area Health NHS Trust has been found to have issues with bed blocking and staff training.