BREAKING NEWS - King’s Lynn hospital ‘should exit special measures’, say inspectors

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn ENGANL00120140502173025
GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn ENGANL00120140502173025
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Inspectors have recommended that Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital should be taken out of special measures, following improvements in its care services, it has been announced this morning.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors visited the Gayton Road site last month to assess the progress made there since the trust was deemed inadequate in October 2013.

The CQC now rates the hospital as requiring improvement, but good for being caring and effective.

The CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said a short time ago: “This is the latest example of what can be achieved by a trust in special measures when there is a clear commitment from the senior leadership team to improve the quality of care, a concerted effort by staff and there is a package of support.

“There have been improvements in most of the services we looked at. Our inspectors particularly noted the new leadership which has a clear vision and strategy for the future of the trust. Strong leadership is vital for any service to improve.

“There is good communication throughout the organisation and the morale and culture of the organisation has improved.

“This has, I have no doubt, led to the improvements in the quality of care as we found staff were kind, caring and compassionate towards patients.

“There is still further work to do, particularly to bring maternity services up to the same standards.

“I hope the trust continues the momentum so that all services are providing the level of care which the people who live in King’s Lynn and the surrounding area deserve.”

Hospital managers are currently holding a news conference to give their reaction to the report.

Further updates will follow.