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Inspectors praise Whittington Hospital’s ‘outstanding care’

Care Quality Commission’s report gives top marks to Archway hospital’s focus on patients

02 March, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition campaigners protest against the Ryhurst deal

INSPECTORS have rated Whittington Hospital “good” overall and have praised patient care as “outstanding”.

The Care Quality Commission published its Highgate NHS Trust report on Wednesday, saying it was “well-led” and “effective” while giving out top marks for the standard of “caring”.

The one-stop clinics for patients with suspected breast cancer and suspected skin cancer were praised as “outstanding”.

Chief executive Siobhan Harrington said: “It is very encouraging to hear that we are doing the right things for our patients at Whittington Health. Our focus is to ensure our patients experience high-quality care and to continuously improve our services. Our ambition is to achieve an Outstanding rating.”

The Trust’s rating fell down when it came to patient safety, which the report said “requires improvement” because some staff were not properly trained.

The CQC has demanded that discharge waits for children in the critical care wards must be improved and that equipment should be properly maintained.

The psychiatric inpatient facility, Simmons House, run by the Whittington, was singled out as a service in need of improvement.

The deputy chief inspector for hospitals, Ellen Armistead, said: “Staff should be proud of those services. The Trust leadership and all staff shared a common and convincing vision that they were there to help support their local community in living longer, healthier lives.”

• Meanwhile, the Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition protested on Wednesday against Ryhurst – a subsidiary of Grenfell contractor Rydon – winning a 10-year contract at the NHS Trust’s board meeting.

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