The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as ‘good’ overall and ‘outstanding’ for providing effective services by the Care Quality Commission.
The inspection focussed on the quality of four core services; urgent and emergency care, medicine, maternity and outpatients. Although there was a good overall rating, Maternity safety and outpatient services both received ‘requires improvement’ ratings. The Trust, however, says this is due to the quality and age of the properties and facilities
The hospitals assessed range from Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals as well as New Forest Birth Centre.
Gail Byrne, director of nursing and organisational development at UHS said, they are pleased that all of their services are rated either good or outstanding for effectiveness and caring. The inspection has highlighted some areas needing improvement; particularly older facilities and ever-increasing patients.
Inspectors saw many outstanding areas though, with care being delivered by compassionate and knowledgeable staff. This was according to Dr. Nigel Acheson, the Care Quality Commission’s deputy chief inspector of hospitals for the South. He went on to say that some patient environments showed major signs of wear and tear but staff were doing their best to deliver compassionate care.