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A MAJOR hospital has been given an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’ by inspectors.

The grade was given by the Care Quality Commission in a report, following the inspection of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in December and January.

Chief inspector Professor Sir Mike Richards said: ‘Apart from providing essential services to Southampton and the wider population of the south of England, it’s a major centre for teaching and research.

‘We found urgent care services, medical care, maternity and gynaecology, and children’s and young people’s services to be good.

‘Staff at every level were positive about working for the trust and the quality of care they provided.

‘But clearly Southampton General is under pressure, some people have to wait too long for their treatment. Bed occupancy has been high, with poor patient flow through the hospital and some of the buildings and equipment are outdated.’ An action plan is in place.