Southampton trust rated 'good' by CQC

The Care Quality Commission has rated University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust as 'good' overall following a recent inspection – and ‘outstanding’ for providing effective services.

The health watchdog visited the city’s hospitals in December and January to assess a range of areas across Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals, as well as the New Forest Birth Centre. Following the visit, all sites and services across the organisation are now rated as ‘good’ in the effective and caring domains, with Southampton General Hospital ‘outstanding’ in these areas.

Gail Byrne, director of nursing and organisational development at the trust, said: “There is so much for us to celebrate across the organisation in this report given the challenges facing the NHS and our ‘good’ rating is testament to the quality and commitment of our staff, who continue to work tirelessly to provide the best possible services. We are particularly pleased all of our services are now rated either good or outstanding in the effectiveness and caring domains and to receive such positive feedback regarding the culture across teams and departments.

“The inspection has highlighted some areas in need of improvement, particularly around the difficulties of an ageing estate and increasing volume of patients, but the report also acknowledges how our staff work hard to mitigate any risks presented.”

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