Addenbrooke's rated 'Good' in inspection

Addenbrooke's Hospital
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Cambridge’s local hospital, Addenbrooke's, has been rated ‘Good’ in its most recent inspection. The inspection was carried out in September last year after the hospital was rated ‘inadequate’ in the previous inspection, in April 2015. Both inspections were made by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Due to the results of the 2016 inspection, Dr Mike Richards, CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals has recommended that the Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, which runs Addenbrookes Hospital and Rosie Maternity Hospital be removed from ‘special measures’. According to the NHS website, ‘When there are concerns about the quality of care that hospitals are delivering, they can be put on special measures.’

CQC ask five major questions when they inspect a hospital: Are they safe? Are they effective? Are they caring? Are they responding to people’s needs? Are they well-led.

Staff at the hospital have said that the results of the 2015 inspection were a ‘wake up call’. At the time, the trust was making a deficit of more than a million pounds a week. In response the staff have been paying special attention to the quality of their care in the lead-up to the re-inspection.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, posted his congratulations to the trust on Twitter, saying it was an “incredible turnaround" and adding  "A huge well done to all staff”

CQC say that there is still work to be done by the trust, particularly to reduce the amount of time that patients spend on waiting lists before they are given an appointment. ‘Good’ is the second best rating that CQC award to hospitals that they inspect, the others being ‘Outstanding’, ‘Requires Improvement’ and ‘Inadequate’.

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