Health watchdog set to inspect Princess Royal Hospital

Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards  SR1606928 SUS-160229-175040001
Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards SR1606928 SUS-160229-175040001

A health watchdog has announced it will be inspecting the Princess Royal Hospital in five days time.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is set to look specifically at eight areas, A&E, medical care, surgery, intensive and critical care, maternity, paediatrics, end of life care and outpatients.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which also runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, was told it ‘requires improvement’ following a full inspection in July 2014.

A&E services at the Royal Sussex County Hospital were rated ‘inadequate’ in October 2015.

Sir Mike Richards, the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, has appealed for patients to talk to inspectors about the care they have received at the hospital.

“Our inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospitals, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care,” he said.

“We know there is too much variation in quality – these in-depth inspections allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals and community services than ever before.”

Sir Richards said inspectors will be talking to doctors, nurses, managers and patients in the hospital.

However he stressed it was ‘vital’ they also hear the views of the people who have experienced care provided by the trust over the course of the last year or so.

Sir Richards added: “This will help us plan our inspections, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.

“This is your opportunity to tell my team what you think, and make a difference to NHS services in the area.”

Former patients are also being asked where they would like to see improvements made in the future.

The formal inspection of the trust, which also runs the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heaht, is set to start of April 5.

Following the inspection in 2014, inspectors found patients were being treated on wards which were ‘not specific’ to their condition, the ‘flow’ of patients from A&E through the hospital was affecting patient care and there were staffing issues in medicine and surgery – a with a high useage of temporary staff. However they did find several areas of ‘outstanding’ practice, such as care for dementia patients.

To share views with the inspection team, visit the CQC

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