Rotherham Hospital make improvements but 'further action must be taken'

Rotherham Hospital has made improvements but more needs to be done to bring it up to standards, a Government watchdog has said.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 12:49 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:20 am
Rotherham Hospital

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust which runs the hospital, has been told it needs to make changes following two unannounced inspections in October 2016

Despite improvements, the rating which the trust received in February 2015 has not changed.

The trust's safety, effectiveness, responsiveness and management all 'require improvement'. However, the trust's care was rated as 'good'.

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Staffing levels in the children’s ward and maternity had improved since the previous inspection. However, there remained staffing shortages most notably in A&E, school nursing, pharmacy and some medical wards.

Inspectors said the trust 'had not taken sufficient action' to ensure 'Do Not Attempt' cardio-pulmonary resuscitation forms and mental capacity decisions were documented correctly.

The CQC wrote to the trust following the inspection to ensure that promptly.

CQC did identify several areas of outstanding practice and praised the trust for piloting a new community care model called 'Perfect Locality'.

This multi-agency team approach focused on avoiding hospital admissions and facilitating the safe discharge of patients already in hospital.

The CQC published their findings on today.

Trust chief executive, Louise Barnett said: “We have worked hard to ensure that our services are caring, compassionate and safe for patients.

“We welcome the report and its recognition of the improvements the Trust has made, which reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring that we provide excellent, high-quality care for the people of Rotherham. I would like to thank all of our colleagues as this progress is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

Trust chairman Martin Havenhand added: “The report demonstrates a range of improvements which have been achieved by colleagues across the Trust – in the hospital and in the community. We know that we still have areas which need further improvement and will focus on these for the benefit of patients.”