Health watchdog gives hospital the all-clear

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A South Yorkshire hospital has been given good marks by the health watchdog after an unannounced visit by inspectors.

Rotherham Hospital was visited by the Care Quality Commission, which said the site passed all of the checks it was given.

Inspectors spent two days at the hospital, focusing mainly on the A&E ward, admissions, midwifery, governance and infection control.

A report by the commission said: “Staff we spoke with told us the hospital was a good trust to work for and they felt confident the care and treatment provided to patients was good.

“Staff told us they would be happy for a friend or relative to be cared for at the trust, and there was good leadership and support.

“Medical staff were supportive and approachable. There was an open and honest culture where concerns could be raised and staff felt these would be acted upon.”

Sue Cassin, chief nurse at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is fantastic news for our patients. We are delighted to hear the trust has been recognised for the high quality of service it gives. We work very closely to monitor the quality and safety of services and continue to be highly satisfied with the care the people of Rotherham receive at their local hospital.”