England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has awarded Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust a “good” rating. This comes after the hospital has made significant improvement to the quality of services it provides.
The inspection was carried out by a team from the Care Quality Commission during July and August 2018. In 2016, the trust was rated “good” for being caring and Requires Improvement for being safe, effective, responsive and well led. This inspection and subsequent ones led to an improvement in services which is now reflected in the present rating.
Five main services of the hospital were looked at for the rating; the end of life care had improved from March 2016 when it was considered inadequate to good presently. A change in the leadership of the urgent and emergency care department has helped it focus on service delivery, quality and performance. Maternity was previously rated alongside gynaecology and it was decided that it required improvement but it was recently rated “good” as a standalone service.
Dr Nigel Acheson, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the south believes that in spite of the overall “good” rating, the hospital still needs to improve in some areas such as risk for safety of mental health patients, safety of furniture among others. The Chief Executive of Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Patricia Miller says “We are delighted that the efforts of our staff to provide the very best care and services for our patients have been recognised.”