Kettering District Hospital "Needs To Be More Consistent"

The health watchdog has told Kettering District Hospital to do more to make sure it's providing a consistent performance around it's A&E department.

Monitor has described Kettering General Hospital making significant progress in key areas in 2014-15 but it still has more to do in terms of long term planning and consistent performance around A&E.

Monitor today (May 1) published updated actions it expects the hospital to take to achieve regulatory standards.

It has required the Trust to:

Create and implement a realistic and robust short-term financial recovery plan
Develop and effectively deliver a long-term strategic plan
Update its emergency care action plan to ensure closer working with other local health and social care organisations

Kettering General Hospital's Chief Executive David Sissling said: "Monitor has recognised that we have made significant progress across a number of areas over the last year but we still have more work to do.

"In A&E we had one of the best performances in England for the first six months of 2014-15 achieving scores well above the national 95% target.

"However the significant rise in demand for urgent care felt across the country in the Autumn and Winter did impact on our performance in the second half of 2014-15.  

"Going forwards we are undertaking a series of actions to address internal capacity and improve the way we handle demand.

"We are also working very closely with our Northamptonshire health economy partners in important collaborative work around reducing demand and improving patient flow from hospitals back into the community."

"We have made progress on our finances and have reduced our planned deficit for the year from £7m to £6.3m. We are working closely with our internal and external partners, and with Monitor, to put in place robust plans that will enable us to achieve a sustainable position in the years ahead.

"Our Five Year Strategy was published in 2014 and we are now putting it into action. We are updating Monitor with more details of exactly how we are doing this.

"Monitor also commented on a programme of modernisation in relation to fire safety and health and safety which we have undertaken and is now almost complete. This has brought the Trust up to high modern standards in these areas."

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