A history of Queen Alexandra Hospital's inspections

AFTER years of inspections, concerns and a warning notice, the city’s hospital is turning the tide after achieveing its first ever good rating.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 6:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 8:36 pm
Liz Rix, chief nurse at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham. Picture: Sarah Standing (030120-3608)

The last comprehensive inspection of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust was in April 2018 and the Trust was rated as requires improvement.

In February 2017 an inspection of urgent and emergency services inspectors saw the trust had made some improvements to improve the safety of the service and therefore the rating had improved from inadequate previously to requires improvement.

It was also inspected in May 2017 but in August, the Trust was issued with a Warning Notice which meant urgent improvements were needed across the hospital including safety, safeguarding and leadership.

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CQC inspectors also found that a guide had been produced for staff advising on the covert administration of medicines which officials deemed ‘not appropriate’.

Two warning notices were also served in 2015 following a CQC inspection for the trust failing to respond to patient safety issues, and the failure to effectively assess and manage the risks to patients in the emergency department.

The hospital has now achieved good in just under 80 per cent of all the ratings in the latest CQC report.

PHT chief nurse Liz Rix said: ‘We have made significant progress and it means our staff can see that they have been rated good and that is down to their hard work and commitment and passion to be part of Portsmouth Hospitals.

‘Compared to previous reports this is huge progress but absolutely a foundation for more work to continue to improve.

‘In terms of the public, our community is hugely supportive of our hospital and we saw that through our appeals at Christmas. To hear that we have been rated good I hope will give them the confidence that we are providing good care and we are improving our services and that we will continue to do so.’