Healthwatch has welcomed the findings of the latest report by health inspectors into Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. Overall, the Care Quality Commission says the Trust, which operates Hull Royal Infirmary on Anlaby Road and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, "requires improvement". The findings are based on a visit made in July 2016.
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Gail Purcell, the Delivery Manager for Healthwatch Kingston upon Hull, says:
“Although an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ is not, on the face of it, an encouraging outcome, there are a number of signs that standards are heading in the right direction.
- The Trust have been given a ‘Good’ rating in all areas for ‘Caring’
- A significant number of services, including urology surgery, critical care teacher trainers, the perinatal mental health team/midwifery team, amongst others, have been judged to be outstanding.
- The Trust’s responsiveness rating has gone from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Requires Improvement’.
- Staff morale has improved.
There are obviously a number of areas that must be improved, but there do appear to be procedures and plans in place to ensure this happens.
The report refers to a need for further public and stakeholder engagement and this is a sentiment echoed by Healthwatch Kingston upon Hull & Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire. It is something that we would actively look to support the Trust with.”