Goole Hospital Praised By Inspectors

Goole Hospital Has Improved Substantially, According To The CQC


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A new inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found a significant improvement at the Goole and District Hospital in Yorkshire.

The hospital was previously regarded as a "high-risk" trust because of higher than expected mortality rates.

But now a report from the CQC has found a number of previous issues have been addressed, concluding that the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust facility provides safe and effective care.

The minor injuries unit at the hospital was deemed safe and although a children's waiting area was found to be "in need of decoration" with an exposed socket that could pose a risk to toddlers, no patients waited longer than four hours to be seen between April 2013 and March 2014.

Maternity care at Goole and District Hospital was also praised for its "caring environment", while a birthing room that was modelled as a "home away from home" was highlighted as beneficial for patients.

However, some rooms were deemed to be too small and basic for women to use, with a lack of space for medical equipment in the case of an emergency.

The CQC's inspection at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust facility followed 12 so-called "never events" - incidents which should never happen in the NHS - between December 2012 and January 2014.

One of these accidents involved a drill guide being retained in a patient's hand following surgery, while an incident where a locum surgeon planted the wrong lenses into 11 patients' eyes during cataract surgery also made national headlines.

Pressure sores were also an issue at the hospital, with 30 per cent of all issues reported to the authorities involving more advanced "grade 3" ulcers, which can cause infection and spread MRSA.

However, the CQC now believes the trust is in the clear, marking every single area of the hospital as "good" - meaning patients can expect a high standard of care if they are admitted.

A follow-up inspection is expected before the end of 2014.

Expert Opinion
The fact that lessons have been learnt at the Goole and District Hospital and it is no longer regarded as ‘high-risk’ is extremely positive. Never events and pressure sores simply should not happen if hospital staff are working to acceptable standards.

“The CQC’s report has indicated that a lot of issues have been resolved and no patients waited for more than four hours to be seen between April 2013 and March 2014.

“Patient care should always be the top priority for the NHS and it is important the hospital continues its hard work to improve standards in every aspect of the care it provides to patients. It is vital that inspections continue to take place to ensure standards do not drop at the facility.”
Sarah Rowland, Partner