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Public opinions sought on care at Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals
THE country’s new chief hospital inspector is inviting local residents to tell him about their experiences at Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals.
Chief Inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards wants to hear people’s views to help his team decide what to look at during their inspections later this month.
The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the first of 18 across the UK to be inspected under radical changes introduced by the Care Quality Commission.
The formal inspection at Bournemouth will start on Thursday, October 24.
To ensure the views of patients and the local community are heard, the inspectors will be holding a listening event at 6.30pm on October 24 at The Connaught Hotel in West Hill Road, Bournemouth.
Sir Mike said: “The new inspections are designed to provide people with a clear picture of the quality of the services in their local hospital, exposing poor or mediocre care as well as highlighting the many hospitals providing good and excellent care.
“We know there is too much variation in quality.
“These new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.”
Sir Mike said they would also be talking to doctors and nurses, hospital managers and patients in the hospital.
He added: “It is vital we also hear the views of the people who have had care at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals, or anyone who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.
“This is your opportunity to tell me and my team what you think, and make a difference to the NHS services in the local area.”
A full report of the inspectors’ findings will be published by the Care Quality Commission later in the year.
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