THE LARGEST ever inspection of healthcare services was carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on the Isle of Wight last week.
A team of 77 CQC inspectors examined all aspects of the Island's healthcare services, including St Mary's Hospital, mental health services, community healthcare and the ambulance service, between Tuesday, June 3, and Friday, June 6.
It was revealed that inspectors will return for an unannounced inspection within two weeks, to ensure the trust addressed any issues that were raised. A CQC spokesman said this was not unusual.
Trust chief executive Karen Baker thanked staff, volunteers and patients for their involvement in the inspection, which will result in the trust being given an overall rating of 'outstanding', 'good', 'requires improvement' or 'inadequate' around the end of September.
She said: "Whilst we are used to smaller scale inspections this was like no other inspection but was very important. In the wake of care issues elsewhere it is important that we have the reassurance that an external body has thoroughly reviewed us.
"No organisation is perfect and it would be unusual for the CQC to not find any areas for improvement."
Ms Baker said the trust valued feedback from Islanders and called for everyone to complete a Friends and Family Test after each visit to the hospital.
She added: "It is not possible to speculate on what the overall rating might be. The inspection is not over and it will be around ten weeks before we receive the report. The CQC have not finished their work and they need to triangulate all the evidence they have collected."
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