Have your say on care provided by Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust

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CQC add another engagement event for the Southport and Ormskirk hospital inspection – Ormskirk Hospital

Chief Inspector of Hospitals asks people to tell him about the care provided by Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals is inviting members of the public to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the trust.

The trust is being inspected and given an overall rating under radical changes which have been introduced by the Care Quality Commission and it will be given an overall rating as a result of the inspection. The formal inspection of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will start on the week commencing 10 November 2014.

The Chief Inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, announced last year that he will lead significantly larger inspection teams than before, headed up by clinical and other experts including trained members of the public.

To ensure the views of patients and the local community are properly heard, the inspectors will hold an additional drop in session at Ormskirk District General Hospital:

14 November, 11am to 12pm, Room 1, Education Centre, Ormskirk District General Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk L39 2AZ.

People are being encouraged to attend the listening events to tell the team about their experiences of care from the past year and to say where they would like to see improvements made in the future as well as find out more about the inspection.

Sir Mike said:

“The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care.

“We know there is too much variation in quality – these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

“Of course we will be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients at the trust. But it is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have received care at the trust, or anyone who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.

“This is your opportunity to tell the team what you think, and make a difference to the NHS services in the local area.”

Sir Mike’s inspection team is expected to look in detail at eight key service areas: A&E; medical care (including frail elderly); surgery; intensive/critical care; maternity; paediatrics/children’s care; end of life care; and outpatients.

A full report of the inspectors’ findings will be published by the Care Quality Commission later in the year. The trust will be one of the first to be given one of the following ratings:  Outstanding, Good, Requires improvement, Inadequate.

For media enquiries, contact regional engagement officer, Mark Humphreys, on 0191 233 3519. CQC’s press office can also be reached on 020 7448 9401 during office hours or out of hours on 07917 232 143. For general enquiries, call 03000 616161.

More details about the listening event can be found here.

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