Tameside Hospital makes 'considerable progress'

The trust has 538 beds and 2,245 staff. Credit: PA

Tameside Hospital, which was rated "inadequate" by the health watchdog has been awarded an overall "good rating"

The Trust was placed into special measures following an inspection in 2013.

In three years the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has made 'considerable progress' although there is still room for improvement.

Praise for programme to help pregnant women with alcohol issues Credit: PA

Outstanding areas:

  • A programme to support pregnant women with alcohol problems.

  • The radiology department offered a virtual post mortem service where a CT scan could determine a person’s cause of death. These scans were carried out at night and sped up the process.

  • For end of life care there was direct access to electronic information held by community services, including GPs, which meant hospital staff could access up to date patient information eg current medicines.

Big improvements in:

  • safety,

  • training,

  • staff shortages and

  • urgent and emergency care

Areas with room for improvement:

  • Need enough nursing staff to meet the needs of patients.

  • Fridges for medication must be kept at the required temperature.

  • At least one nurse needed on duty on the children’s ward who is trained and up to date in Advanced Paediatric Life Support on each shift.

Much improved safety, training and mortality rates Credit: PA