East Sussex NHS Trust No Longer in Special Measures

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The Trust had been heavily maligned in a 2015 report

The Eastbourne District General Hospital and Hastings’ Conquest Hospital are run by the East Sussex Trust.

Just 3 years ago, the Care Quality Commission placed the Trust in special measures after a spree of ‘inadequate’ ratings.

However, despite remaining in financial special measures, the Trust has changed its fortunes dramatically.

The CQC’s 2015 assessment revealed “concerns relating to patient safety, the organisational culture and governance”.

However, Professor Edward Baker, chief inspector for hospitals, wrote to the NHS to state that the Trust need no longer be in special measures in terms of care.

Eastbourne District General Hospital operates under the Trust

The report saw huge improvements across a range of areas. The main assessment focused on the quality of maternity, surgery, medicine, outpatients and emergency care.

It also, to a lesser extent, looked at management and leadership.

Baker has, despite the huge strides taken by the Trust, marked out “a number of areas that still require attention”, but no longer fears the plight of the Trust.

They will still, briefly, be rated as ‘requires improvement’.

In reference to this rating though, Dr Adrian Bull, chief executive of the Trust, stated that: “The trust only ‘requires improvement’ because of the limited inspection. Once our other services are inspected, we fully expect to be ‘good’ overall”.

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He also took the chance to commend the efforts of the Trust: “I am delighted that the hard work and commitment of people across the organisation has been recognised by the CQC, with the services they inspected rated as mainly good or outstanding”.

The Trust hopes to gain an ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC by 2020.

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