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Medway Maritime Hospital taken out of special measures

Medway Hospital was rated inadequate four years ago Photo: PA

Medway Maritime Hospital, once ranked as one the worst hospitals in the country, has been taken out of special measures. It was rated inadequate four years ago. The latest inspection found that significant improvements have been made, although there are still some concerns about low staffing levels in Accident and Emergency and Maternity.

Alan Thorne from the Care Quality Commission says the leadership team have made a concerted effort to make things better:

Medway NHS Foundation Trust, which serves a population of over 400,000 in Medway and Swale, was originally put into special measures in July 2013, and has since received significant support from NHS Improvement, including via a formal buddying arrangement with top London teaching trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Staff should be immensely proud of this news. Exiting special measures is a significant achievement and reflects a better experience for patients. It is the result of extremely hard work by everyone right across the trust from ward staff, clinicians, admin and support teams, and the trust’s leadership team. We’ve been clear there is much work still to do to improve performance and restore financial balance, but patients should be confident that the trust has a robust base on which to build, as it moves towards realising its ambition of improving its overall rating from inadequate to good.”

– Dr Kathy McLean, NHS Improvement Executive Medical Director

“I’m absolutely delighted that Medway has exited special measures – and I want to pay tribute to the outstanding staff there who have always sought to put patients first. Their journey hasn’t been an easy one – some of the problems at Medway were deeply entrenched, and the Trust was part of the first group to go into special measures – which makes the achievement all the greater. I’m confident the new leadership team will continue to drive improvements, engagement and morale at the trust.”

– Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt

This report by Tom Savvides has reaction from patients, Alan Thorne from the Care Quality Commission, the Medway NHS Trust Chairman Dr Peter Carter and MP Reyman Chishti.

Lesley Dwyer, the Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust spoke to reporter Tom Savvides

Director of Nursing, Karen Rule, says staff morale is getting better.