The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report following a focused inspection of medical care services at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, looking at the safety of patient care and the wider management of risk across the service.
Inspectors visited five wards at the Southport and Formby District General Hospital in March. This was in response to concerns about the safety of patient care.
During the visit, inspectors observed patient care and spoke with staff and patients. The five medical wards visited were medical emergency assessment unit, general medical/gastroenterology ward (11b), cardiology including coronary care ward (7a), respiratory ward (14b) and the short stay ward (9a).
Due to the specific focus of the inspection, the overall rating for this service and of Southport and Formby District General Hospital did not change and remains as requires improvement. The trust’s overall rating also remains as requires improvement.
Karen Knapton, CQCs head of hospital inspection said:
“I am pleased to report that since the previous inspection in August 2019, we saw a number of improvements had been made on all the wards we visited.
“Concerns that had been raised to our inspectors had also previously been identified by the trust and were being addressed by the leadership team.
“Staff were positive about the culture, support and visibility of their leadership team.
“Due to the nature of this visit and the time we had to carry out the inspection, we were unable to re-rate the service, however we will return to ensure that further improvements are made and fully embedded.”
Full details of the inspection are given in the report published on our website.