Lower risk rating for St Mary's Hospital

By Emily Pearce

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


IMPROVEMENTS to patient safety at St Mary's Hospital have been recognised by an independent watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has lowered the Isle of Wight NHS Trust's risk rating from a score of four to five. All hospitals are given a risk rating, with a score of one representing highest risk and six representing the lowest.

However, several risks to patient safety were highlighted by the CQC.

According to the watchdog's latest Intelligent Monitoring Report (IMR), published earlier this month, too few patients were assessed for venous blood clots and the proportion of nursing and midwifery staff with an active professional qualification was too low.

The trust only scored 7.66 out of ten when it came to providing adequate pain relief, and hospital trainees were not satisfied with the overall level of training they had received.

Trust chief executive Karen Baker said: "This is real testament to the commitment of our staff, who continue to work tirelessly to ensure patients receive the best care possible. Our trust’s vision is to deliver 'quality care, everyone, every time’ and this report shows we are truly working to achieve this aim.

"There is still work to do, and there are some important areas in which we need to continue making improvements. However, I am confident that we have robust action plans in place to tackle those areas."

IMRs are used by the CQC alongside inspections to determine whether hospitals are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well managed.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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