Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Colchester Hospital Trust comes under renewed scrutiny following report

10:14 25 October 2013

Colchester General Hospital

Colchester General Hospital

Archant

Hospitals in north Essex have come under renewed scrutiny after they were identified as high risk in a new report.

shares

Analysis by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulator found Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust to be among the top quarter of trusts in the UK generating the most serious level of concern, and reported there were higher than expected death rates across its hospitals.

The trust, which manages Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital, was also found to have a high risk in terms of the complaints made to the CQC and the number of whistle-blowing alerts from staff.

Mortality rates from blood disorders and the treatment of hip replacement patients were also singled out as areas of concern.

The findings come in the wake of the high-profile Keogh Report into patient care in July, which called on the Colchester Hospital Trust to make improvements in key areas.

Health chiefs in Colchester last night said were “focused on doing everything possible to help us achieve our aspiration of consistently excellent hospitals and care”.

A total of 161 acute trusts across England were examined by the CQC against more than 150 indicators in an new approach called “intelligent monitoring”.

The commission said the report will act as a screening tool to identify which trusts need the most rapid inspections and where inspectors need to focus their attention.

All 161 trusts were divided into six bands, with band one being the highest risk and band six the lowest.

Colchester Hospital Trust was placed in band two among 44 trusts to be placed in the two bands with the highest risk. Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust was also designated as band two while Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was given a band one rating.

A spokesman for Colchester Hospital Trust said: “The quality of the care and treatment we provide at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital was comprehensively reviewed as part of the Keogh process just four months ago.

“It confirmed that overall both of our hospitals are improving but that we need to make further changes and to accelerate the pace of improvement.

“We have reported publicly on the progress we’ve made against our improvement programme and remain focused on doing everything possible to help us achieve our aspiration of consistently excellent hospitals and care.”

At the CQC, chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards said intelligent monitoring helps to give a good picture of risk within trusts.

He said: “We aim to publish the results at regular intervals. They will provide the basis for constant contact with NHS hospitals and other NHS organisations, and may lead to inspections in response to particular issues.”

The intelligent monitoring tool was also welcomed by Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, who said: “There is a huge amount of data available about our health services, but to be useful it needs to be focused on those indicators that give the clearest picture of the quality of care.

“The intelligent monitoring tool helps CQC make best use of the data so it can look more deeply at issues of concern. It is an important development.”

shares

0 comments

John Ball and his search and rescue dog Darcy are part of the UK's International Search and Rescue team which has now reached earthquake-hit Nepal. pic: Jessica Lea/DFID

A Suffolk rescue dog handler has spent the past week in earthquake-struck Nepal to help the international rescue mission.

The Election count at the Princes Theatre in the Town Hall in Clacton following last year's by-election

An army of council workers are preparing to spend tomorrow night sorting ballot papers and counting votes following a day of voting in Suffolk and north Essex.

Polling stations open at 7am tomorrow

Tomorrow night as the ballot papers are verified and counted, we will have reporters and photographers out in force ensuring we are first with the election news for Suffolk and north Essex.


Bill Wyman's 1971 Citroën Maserati SM is being offered at Bonhams' Festival of Speed Sale on 26 June.

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, from Suffolk, is parting with two classic cars that he took to recording sessions for several of the band’s famous albums.

Ipswich and Norwich fans gather outside Portman Road.

7,500 tickets have been sold by the club already today, on the first day of general sale.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Some rail services to and from Ipswich and Clacton are being altered due to signalling problems.

Body found in woodland.

The body of a man has been found in woodland in Stoke-by-Clare.

Junction 22 of the A12 on a clear day.

A two-vehicle crash was blocking the A12 southbound at the Witham bypass.

Samantha Gay (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) is pictured with the bluebells in flower at Arger Fen, Assington.

Now is the time to see ancient woodland at the Arger Fen reserve near Assington amassed with bluebells.

Fire fighters with equipment from the Second World War at the scene of the fire at the Public Hall, Ipswich in 1948. (Photo from the Albert Jasper collection)

Disaster hit the Ipswich town centre on February 26, 1948, when the Public Hall in Westgate Street was destroyed in a fire, which lost the town an excellent feature.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages