Basildon hospital has warning notice lifted

BASILDON and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomes the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) decision to lift the warning notice in place against it with immediate effect.

An inspection team from the regulator, who visited the Trust over a two day period in September, found significant improvements in the care provided to patients and to the systems which manage risk and monitor quality across the organisation.

Their report, released today, noted: “We found that they had done an impressive amount of work over a short time.” The CQC also found that the Trust had fully addressed the warning notice regarding quality management and pointed out good infection control practices especially around hand washing. Improvements to how sick children are assessed and treated were also found.

Clare Panniker, Chief Executive, said: “I am very proud of the way all staff have pulled together to make real improvements to the care we deliver to our patients. Their hard work is reflected in the report released by the CQC today. “We know we have more to do, but we are confident that thanks to a successful recruitment campaign employing an additional 200 nurses, building additional beds and focusing all our efforts on patient safety and experience, patients will begin to see a real difference.

“We need to listen to our patients and sustain the changes we have made, but I am confident we are on the way to achieving our aim of putting care and compassion at the heart of everything we do.”

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