Tameside Hospital making 'exceptional progress'

A hospital which was placed under special measures last year has been commended by a new report as having made "exceptional progress". Monitor said staff at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust deserve praise for driving improvements.

Tameside Hospital making 'exceptional progress'

A new report by Monitor has commended Tameside Hospital NHS Trust for making "exceptional progress' on their road to delivering better and safer treatment to patients.

In July 2003 Tameside was put into special measures following the Keogh Review, which identified concerns with measures the trust was taking to prevent hospital acquired infections.

The Keogh Review also raised concerns that there was insufficient clinical cover, particularly out of hours.

As a result Tameside applied 22 urgent or immediate actions in their Keogh Action Plan.

By January 2014, it had delivered five and 17 were on track to be delivered. This included decreasing the number of patients falls by 18% and meeting the national target to deliver 95% of all care harm free.

Although there is further work to be done, NHS staff at all special measures trusts deserve praise for driving improvements in the quality of their services.

– Monitor special measures report February 2014

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