Hos­pi­tal rated as ‘good’ over­all with praise for emer­gency care

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Amanda Cameron Se­nior re­porter @Aman­das­cameron | 01225 322204 amanda.cameron@reach­plc.com

The RUH has been rated Good by the health watch­dog. The NHS trust that runs hos­pi­tal ser­vices in the Bath area was in­spected by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion in June. In­spec­tors found many ser­vices had im­proved since the hos­pi­tal was given a rat­ing of “re­quires im­prove­ment” two years ago. Ma­ter­nity ser­vices were rated out­stand­ing, and crit­i­cal care ser­vices, med­i­cal care and chil­dren and young peo­ple’s ser­vices were all rated as be­ing good. The 759-bed trust re­mains out­stand­ing for be­ing car­ing and is also rated good for be­ing safe, ef­fec­tive and well led and good for its pro­duc­tive use of re­sources. But ur­gent and emer­gency care, which was found want­ing in March 2016, was again rated re­quires im­prove­ment. James Scott, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Royal United Hos­pi­tals Bath NHS Foun­da­tion Trust said: “We are de­lighted that the CQC has recog­nised the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of all our staff that has driven th­ese im­prove­ments that rightly de­serve our new rat­ing of good over­all. “I am proud of the progress we have made since the last CQC re­port in 2016. But we are not com­pla­cent – and where there are ar­eas in which we need to fur­ther im­prove, we are al­ready work­ing to ad­dress them.” The CQC found ex­am­ples of out­stand­ing prac­tice in ur­gent and emer­gency care, and rated the ser­vice as good for be­ing ef­fec­tive and car­ing, but rated it re­quires im­prove­ment over­all. Dr Bernie Mar­den, trust med­i­cal di­rec­tor, said: “We ac­knowl­edge that the hos­pi­tal and our ur­gent and emer­gency care ser­vice are un­der year-round pres­sure. “We are con­tin­u­ing to take steps to im­prove and are work­ing closely with our health and so­cial care part­ners to en­able pa­tients to be seen, treated and dis­charged in a safe, ap­pro­pri­ate and timely man­ner. “We are pleased that the CQC found ex­am­ples of out­stand­ing prac­tice, and recog­nised that the work­ing cul­ture in the Emer­gency De­part­ment was ex­cel­lent, with staff com­mit­ted and en­thu­si­as­tic whilst work­ing un­der chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.” The trust pro­vides acute treat­ment and care for around 500,000 peo­ple in Bath, and the sur­round­ing towns and vil­lages in North East Som­er­set and western Wilt­shire.

RUH staff proudly dis­play their rat­ing which shows the progress made since the last CQC in­spec­tion in 2016

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