Patients 'still at risk' at Royal Cornwall Hospital

From BBC - April 5, 2018

A hospital with "longstanding" problems is continuing to put patients at risk, the Care Quality Commission has found.

An inspection at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals' Trust (RCHT) revealed it had failed to improve in many areas flagged up in a report last year.

A further warning noticed has been issued and the trust must make "significant improvements" by 13 April.

Its chief executive said it accepted the criticisms and was working to meet the requirements.

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'Not good enough'

RCHT, which is in special measures, was rated inadequate in October and issued with a warning notice to make major improvements.

An unannounced inspection in January found "insufficient progress had been made in maternity, surgery, critical care, outpatients and governance and the requirements of the warning notice had not been fully met".

A maternity operating theatre was less than half the required size and "not meeting current minimum theatre standards for its air change rate, preparation space, and minimum floor area or recovery facilities".

The room measures 21 sq m (226 sq ft), but to meet theatre standards should by 50 sq m (538 sq ft).


By Jenny Walrond,BBC South West Health Correspondent

This is the fifth CQC report highlighting serious concerns at RCHT since September 2015.


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