Health trust must make improvements

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THE trust that runs a range of community and mental health services in Hampshire has been given a rating of ‘requires improvement’ by an inspection panel.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs a number of services such as parts of Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Ravenswood House, was given the rating by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors raised concerns about the safety of patients at Ravenswood House, a secure mental health unit, in Knowle, as some wards had ligature points that could endanger people at risk of suicide.

The trust has moved the patients out and is carrying out a £1.7m renovation project.

Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals for the CQC, said: ‘We found a number of specific problems that must be put right.

‘We found a committed and caring workforce that was, for the most part, meeting the needs of all those people.’