Results from new in-depth inspection at Royal Bournemouth Hospital published next week

Bournemouth Echo: REPORT: Results of an inspection of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital will be published next week REPORT: Results of an inspection of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital will be published next week

THE results of a major inspection of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital will be published this time next week.

Around 30 inspectors carried out a comprehensive review of every department at the hospital in October as part of the new style inspections by the Care Quality Commission.

Although initial reports found that four out of the six areas flagged up for concern need no further action, the report is expected to be critical of several key areas.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the first to face an in-depth CQC inspection, launched in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal last year, after being identified as “high risk” (category one) in July.

The inspection lasted two days and was followed by an unannounced visit a few weeks later.

The six areas flagged up as “elevated risk” of mortality are cardiac conditions and procedures, stroke, mental health, kidney, neurological and respiratory.

Other areas of concern include the proportion of patient safety incidents, vascular conditions and poor education provision.

But the CQC later confirmed that three areas (stroke, cardiac and respiratory) were due to data anomalies.

According to a spokesman for the industry watchdog, it was “the way in which data was coded”.

The CQC has also confirmed that no further enquiries will be made to a fourth ‘elevated risk’ for senility and mental disorders.

When asked to comment on behalf of RBH chief executive, Tony Spotswood, a hospital spokesman said: “We are awaiting the final report which is due be published on Wednesday 18 December.”


  • The new indicators, from one to six, are based on whether the hospital is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

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A total of 44 of the 161 trusts in the UK fell into the highest risk categories.
Inspectors will visit every trust by 2015.


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