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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Watchdog’s visit to FGH Barrow will be ‘anxiety provoking’

THE top boss at a recovering FGH Barrow hospital trust has admitted feeling worried ahead of a visit from a health watchdog.

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JACKIE DANIEL

It comes as the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Furness General Hospital, prepares to be inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

The organisation is one of 19 being visited by the CQC during the second wave of its new national hospital inspection programme, while will see all NHS acute trusts inspected by December 2015.

The Morecambe Bay trust was chosen after the health watchdog identified it as having an “intermediate risk” using its intelligent monitoring tool, which helps the regulator prioritise where to investigate and when.

The two-week investigation at UHMBT, due to start on February 4, will include a core inspection of two to five days plus both announced and unannounced visits at any time of day or night, weekday or weekend.

Writing about it in her most recent blog, UHMBT chief executive, Jackie Daniel said: “Am I worried? Of course, however hard one works and however committed to doing the right things, it is always anxiety provoking to be scrutinised by others.

“We are on a journey in our Trust; currently we are a middling performer overall but with aspirations to keep moving forward. We think we are doing the right things, choosing the right priorities and operating in the right way but we are open to learning how to be better.”

The key areas to be covered by February’s inspections are Accident and Emergency, paediatrics, acute medicine and surgical pathways, care of the elderly, end of life care and outpatients.

The CQC visit will also include a public listening event, aimed at gaining feedback on services provided at the trust’s sites.

The health watchdog will seek to find out whether services are safe, caring, effective, well-led and responsive to people’s needs.

A report will be published within six to eight weeks of the inspection, and the care provided by UHMBT’s hospitals will be rated as outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate.

Ms Daniel said: “Managed correctly, the findings of the visit will help us to support our Trust to become even better.”

Have your say

I hope they are worried in FGH. They have good reason to be. Quite a disgraceful hospital.

Posted by William on 6 January 2014 at 19:55

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