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27 July 2015, 11:37 | Updated: 27 July 2015, 11:58
Peterborough City Hospital has been rated as 'good' following a re-inspection visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The hospital had previously been rated as 'requires improvement'.
This means that both Peterborough City and Stamford Hospitals have now achieved this status, reflecting that the Trust overall is also rated as 'good'.
A team from the CQC visited Peterborough City Hospital in May 2015 to carry out a follow-up inspection, having previously undertaken a comprehensive inspection at both Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals in March 2014, after which the Trust was rated overall as 'requiring improvement'.
Stephen Graves, Chief Executive at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "It is pleasing to see that the action plan we put in place following our original inspection in March 2014 has delivered the intended results. The fact the Trust has stepped up a level to be rated as 'good' is testament to the efforts of our staff across both hospitals to ensure our patients receive good quality care."
Inspectors commended staff for providing caring services and concluded that the Trust is responsive and well led. It was deemed that all essential standards of quality and safety are being met. Inspectors also highlighted particular areas of good practice across the Trust. These included the introduction of the Medical Assessment Unit, which has improved patient access and alleviated pressure on the Emergency Department. The report also commended the successful implementation of the Amber Care Bundle to all areas for end of life patients.
One area of outstanding practice highlighted is the engagement with children and young people in the development of children¡¦s services. Including the 'Ready Steady Go' programme aimed to build confidence of younger patients when transitioning into adult services.
Mr Graves added: "The follow-up inspection recognised areas of improvements since the inspection last year and this report gives us the drive to develop those good service areas into outstanding ones for the future.
"We also know that in some areas there is still more work to be done. We appreciate that we don't always get it right for some patients and we will continue to work on our action plans to ensure we carry on making improvements in care quality across the Trust.
"Prior to the follow-up inspection, work had already begun on improving areas noted in the initial inspection report. The medical and emergency departments have made a number of service improvements since March 2014. There has been a focus on our discharge processes, which involves working with our health and social care partners across the five local authority areas in the Trust's catchment area.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for their consistent dedication to patient care."