St Richard’s Hospital prepares for CQC inspection

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St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester is set to be inspected by a health watchdog in December.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Worthing Hospital and Southlands, is calling for patients and supporters to complete a survey in as part of its preparations for the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) visit.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is in the top 10% nationwide for cleaning standards thanks to its dedicated domestics team (PLACE Awards, 2015) SUS-151026-104355001

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is in the top 10% nationwide for cleaning standards thanks to its dedicated domestics team (PLACE Awards, 2015) SUS-151026-104355001

A team of 60 inspectors are expected visit the trust from December 8 to 11.

Marianne Griffiths, chief executive, said: “We know that the overwhelming proportion of our patients say they would recommend us to their family and friends and we think it’s important that the CQC survey reflects this.

“Our hospitals are in the top 10% for cleanliness in the country, in 2014/15 we were the third best performing trust for the prevention of MRSA, and one of only 20 acute trusts nationwide to successfully deliver the 4-hour A&E target.

“We’re constantly striving for improvement and are very proud of our exceptional team of staff and volunteers. We know there are areas in which we need to get better and we are working hard to get there.

“For example, we are building a brand new Ophthalmology centre at Southlands while also making changes to our outpatients services and its booking systems, all aimed at improving care and patient experience.

“As a public organisation, it is important we live within our means and, while continuing to invest in new facilities such as endoscopy and radiology, we remain determined to produce a small surplus this year.

She said the trust is proud of its achievements - such as being in the top 10 per cent for cleanliness in the country - and hopes people will share their ‘positive experiences’ with the CQC.

Inspectors will look at all inpatient services and a selection of outpatient clinics. The inspectors will also be rating the three sexual health clinics run by the trust in Crawley, Worthing and Chichester.

Visit www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/CQCSurvey

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