Lancashire hospitals told they need to improve

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Inspectors at the CQC have told a hospital trust it needs to improve.

The Care Quality Commission inspected Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital – both run by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – in July.

In a report due out today, the CQC gave them an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’. Hospital bosses today blamed a busy period for the rating.

Trust chief executive Karen Partington said: “The CQC is very clear that the main reason that we have been judged as ‘requiring improvement’ is that the hospitals have been exceptionally busy for a sustained period.

“Despite doing everything we possibly can to deliver the highest standards of care, when we are continuously caring for many more patients than we’re set up to look after, it is inevitable patient experience and timely access to treatment will be affected.”

She said the trust had been rated ‘good’ in a number of areas, but the full CQC report was not provided for scrutiny last night.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s paper.