End of special measures for King’s Lynn hospital?

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110929009
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110929009

A difficult two years could be drawing to a close for staff at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital who are due to learn this week if they will be lifted out of special measures.

Chairman Edward Libbey and chief executive Dorothy Hosein were expecting to receive the results of the June inspection by the Care Quality Commission yesterday.

The commission is due to be publishing the report in a few weeks’ time but the hospital is given a draft report to check for accuracies ahead of this.

The Gayton Road hospital was placed in special measures in October 2013 following concerns about patient care and nursing levels.

Since then, the hospital has seen a host of improvements, including the recruitment of more nurses and, most recently, the introduction and renovation of the West Newton and Windsor wards.

Speaking at the hospital’s annual meeting on Thursday, Mrs Hosein said: “We have put up a really good case and that is important.”