Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust to stay in special measures for a further six months

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10-2166-3''Kings Mill Hospital.

The Trust which runs King’s Mill Hospital is to remain in special measures for a further six months.

A report published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) praised Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs King’s Mill Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital, as a caring organisation.

But the Care Quality Commission (CQC) also outlined areas of practice where the Trust needs to make improvements.

The CQC said it found outstanding practice in maternity, the emergency department and children and young people’s services and surgery at Newark.

The Trust’s smoking reduction programme for women during pregnancy was also acknowledged as producing good results.

It was noted that the gynaecology department was well led, with staff passionate about the care and service they provided. The report also states that at Mansfield Community Hospital patients were treated with compassion, dignity and respect.

Three services were rated as good in all domains: critical care, maternity and children and young people’s services. Universally services across the Trust were rated as Good for caring. Nursing staff were seen to be compassionate, and patients said staff were caring, kind and respected their wishes.

But the Trust was told to make improvements to mandatory staff training and appraisals must be completed to meet Trust targets.

They have also been told that accurate record keeping should be maintained with regard to patients’ observations and hydration and to ensure there are secure systems in place for storing medicines and that people are given medicines according to their prescription.

Paul O’Connor, Chief Executive at Sherwood Forest Hospitals said: “We are obviously incredibly disappointed that our hospitals are to remain in special measures for a further six months, especially since the CQC acknowledges in their report that improvements had been made.

“It is important to remember that the reports being released today are based on visits which took place during April and May and we are confident that since that time even more progress has been made.

“Over the last year we have invested in more nurses and doctors, seen mortality rates fall to within the expected range and cleared a backlog of complaints. This is excellent progress and whilst we recognise there is more to do on our journey of improvement we are confident that by continuing to work with colleagues, and continuing to strive for quality in all that we do, we will exit special measures when we are next inspected in six months’ time.

“Our patients can be proud of their local hospitals and the staff who work in them, and can be confident about the quality of care received from us. We have continued to put safety and quality above everything else and this has meant we have made excellent progress in many areas.

“Working for a Trust in special measures is challenging, but it is a challenge that our talented and committed staff have risen to. Their passion and dedication are admirable and I am delighted that the CQC recognised this in their report, highlighting the care and compassion shown to our patients.”

Sean Lyons, Chairman, said: “The Board of Directors fully supports Paul and his team. It is clear that significant improvements have been made. We are very proud of our colleagues across the Trust for their achievements over the last year.

“There is much to be proud of in those areas where outstanding practice has been demonstrated. The challenge will be to spread those standards across the Trust consistently and sustainably, and the Board looks forward to supporting Paul and his team in achieving this.”