Emirates Spinnaker Tower to turn green this evening in celebration of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust getting its first 'Good' rating

SPINNAKER Tower will be lit up in green this evening to celebrate the city’s hospital getting its first ‘Good’ rating.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 6:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:06 am

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has achieved its first ‘Good’ rating in a report published today by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection of Queen Alexandra Hospital in October and November 2019.

Ratings for medical care (including older people’s care) and surgery had both improved overall and are now rated good, outpatients remains rated good overall, while urgent and emergency services and outpatients both remain rated as requires improvement.

Staff celebrated in the atrium of the Cosham hospital today after finding out the outcome of the Trust’s latest report.

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Adam Haycox, business manager in the Medicine and Urgent Care division said: ‘I’ve been at the Trust for 15 months and I’ve been inspired by the hard work all the multi-disciplinary teams across the organisation put in to improving patient care, which is ultimately what we’re here for.

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‘I’m very proud of our CQC rating. It will hopefully support staff morale, showing the hard work has paid off, and that we are working collectively as an organisation to improve patient outcomes.’

Lois Howell, director of governance and risk, added: ‘It’s fantastic to see our development and improvement recognised. We have done so much over the last three years.’

Spinnaker Tower lit up in green.

Bosses at the hospital know there is more work to do amid challenges with capacity and the emergency department.

Chief executive Mark Cubbon said: ‘Safety is our number one priority. We have already acted on a lot of the feedback that they have given us and we have demonstrated we can make improvements.

‘We will continue to work with our partners to make sure we have the right capacity in different parts of the system. All these improvements we have managed to make have been with the backdrop of seeing more patients on this site than we have ever done.’