This article was published on June 21st, 2017
A survey to assess patient experience in hospitals has revealed some concerning information with regards to the quality of the clinical care of some of our NHS hospitals.
Patients were asked about a number of different issues from their stay in hospital including how well doctors and nurses communicated with them about their diagnosis and care needs, hospital cleanliness both on the wards and communal areas, the quality of food and also how long their waiting times were for their procedure/treatment.
The information was collected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) from the opinions of 80,000 people who had stayed overnight in hospital in July 2016. The information confirmed Medway faired the worst in terms of patient satisfaction but it was not alone in poor ratings. The bottom five NHS Trusts from the CQC survey which measured them below average were:
Its not all bad news as there were 12 NHS Trusts that ranked better than average by patients of their hospitals including the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust which topped the table.
Medway Maritime Hospital has been plagued by bad press and poor CQC reports and was placed in special measures in 2013. The Trust claims to have made “significant improvement” to the quality if care since going in to special measures and has only recently come out of special measures in March this year. The most recent CQC inspection was in November 2016 and at that time the hospital still required improvement overall, but rated good for how caring and efficient it is.
Medway’s director of nursing, said: “We recognise that we need to continue to focus on improving our care and the experience of our patients and will be doing so over the coming months.”
It is clear that our NHS is currently struggling with the sheer numbers of patients needing help and not having enough staff or resources, sometimes, to do the job as well as they would like. Despite this, they do a wonderful job most of the time but, on occasion, things go wrong.
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