Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust rated as Requires Improvement by Chief Inspector of Hospitals

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust rated as Requires Improvement by Chief Inspector of Hospitals

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals has again rated the services provided by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust as ‘Requires Improvement’ following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in April 2016.  The inspection reports are available here:  Please see our statement below.

In a joint statement, NHS West Lancashire CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG,  said:

 “It is encouraging that the report recognises the care and compassion of hospital and community staff at the trust, reflecting their commitment, hard work and dedication. It is also promising to see improvements in some of those service areas that rated poorly in the CQC’s last inspection.

“The report does however reflect that a great deal more needs to be done. It highlights areas that require much needed improvement, such as community health services and others of significant concern, particularly A&E. It is clear that urgent care services need to rapidly improve.

“We will tackle these issues, as well as other ongoing quality concerns we have, collaboratively through both CCGs working with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and other health and social care partners, so we can achieve the quality of care we expect for our patients.

“We are committed to commissioning high quality services, provided locally whenever it is safe and appropriate in line with our individual CCG programmes, Building for the Future and Shaping Sefton with its vision of community centred health and care. These programmes put GP practices and their patients at their core, enabling hospitals to concentrate on providing quality services focused around their areas of expertise and which better join up with the other community based care that our patients need.

“Shaping Sefton and Building for the Future have been informed by the views of the hospital, other health and social care partners and our residents and we now need to move this work forward to address the challenges we face. We are at the start of a process to determine how services might adapt so they are able to better meet the changing needs of our patients, offering them better health outcomes in the future. 

“We will need to build on the strong clinical relationships that exist between the hospital and our GP membership to move this work forward, also closely involving wider health and social

care partners. In addition, the views of our residents will be crucial in determining any options for future service arrangements that may emerge from this work over time.”