Pilgrim Hospital blasted by inspectors

THE Pilgrim Hospital has been blasted by independent inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Boston hospital, was not taking appropriate steps to ensure people receive effective, safe and appropriate care to meet their needs.

The CQC has demanded action be taken – threatening closure of services if the Trust does not comply.

But the Trust has promised to ‘respond immediately to the concerns raised’.

The Commission said plans did not always reflect the needs of patients; and risk assessments in relation to falls, pressure sores and nutrition did not always provide enough detail, or contain clear actions to minimise risk. It adds people were not always given the support they needed to eat and drink.

The CQC has demanded the Trust take immediate action to ensure patients receive the assessment and support necessary to get the care they need.

The Trust must fully address these issues by May 31.

If the Trust fails to comply, the CQC has stated the next steps may include prosecution or closure of services.

Any regulatory decision which the CQC takes is open to challenge by a registered person through a variety of internal and external appeal processes.

Chief Nurse at the Trust Sylvia Knight is promising action over the criticisms.

She said: “The Care Quality Commission provided us with immediate and comprehensive feedback which has enabled us to respond immediately to the concerns raised.

“The Trust will clearly be making sure that any improvements that we make are implemented across all of our hospitals and services.”

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