QA Hospital hoping to see conditions on A&E removed following CQC inspection

The accident and emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham
The accident and emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham

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  • QA Hospital’s A&E department had an unannounced visit from the CQC last week
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, says they hope an enforcement notice from April will be lifted
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A HOSPITAL trust is hoping to have an enforcement notice on its emergency department lifted after an inspection.

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission made an unannounced visit to A&E at Queen Alexandra Hospital last week.

We are complying with the conditions and have taken steps to follow them

Peter Mellor

Although a full report of the inspection will not be published for a few weeks, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, said it received some encouraging verbal feedback.

Peter Mellor, director of corporate affairs and business development at the trust, told the Portsmouth health overview and scrutiny panel that the hospital had been complying with the enforcement notice and he hoped it would be lifted.

He said: ‘We assume nothing totally untoward was noticed during the inspection because we would hope they would say something during the verbal feedback rather than later in the report.

‘We don’t imagine it is going to be perfect because we are aware of some of the problems which the inspector also picked up on.

‘But it will be interesting to see if they keep the enforcement notice in place or remove it. We would hope for the latter.’

As previously reported in The News four conditions were placed on the Cosham hospital’s emergency department in April this year following an unannounced inspection by the CQC in February.

They were:

n Ensuring patients are assessed, treated and seen by specialist in an appropriate and timely way to reduce the risk to patients.

n Not using the large multi-occupancy ambulance –known as the jumbulance – to accommodate emergency patients unless there was a major incident which required extra support.

n Ensuring there is effective leadership within the emergency department with the authority to ensure decisions were made.

n Taking swift and appropriate action in response to problems as they occurred.

Mr Mellor said the jumbulance was no longer allowed on the site and they had appointed Rob Haigh as executive director for the emergency care pathway to oversee the department. He also said there are plans in place to help get patients seen and treated in a timely manner.

‘We are complying with the conditions and have taken steps to follow them,’ Mr Mellor said.