Maternity meets CQC standards, report says

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The local maternity and paediatric services meet all the required essential standards following the implementation of temporary standards – according to a report published by the Care Quality Commisions (CQC) this week.

The CQC undertook a routine unannounced inspection of maternity and paediatric services at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH, including the special care baby unit, on June 24.

This was the CQC’s first inspection of the recently reconfigured maternity and paediatric services across East Sussex following the temporary changes made on safety grounds on May 7.

They have confirmed that the services met all the required essential standards inspected and the Trust is providing safe maternity and paediatric care.

Darren Grayson, chief executive, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said, “We are delighted the CQC has found we are meeting all essential standards inspected in our maternity and paediatric services. I would like to thank our staff in these service areas, who work hard every day to ensure that we are giving our patients the best possible care. It is particularly pleasing that the report contains positive comments made by patients and their relatives.

“Making the temporary changes to the configuration of these services was not done lightly. The Board took into account the views of our leading nurses, midwives and doctors who were clear that we could make our services significantly safer by changing the way they were provided.

“We welcome external scrutiny of our services and it is important to us to know what others think of the care we provide. In particular we are pleased that the CQC used this inspection as an opportunity to examine concerns that had been raised to them by some Eastbourne paediatricians. The CQC found no evidence to support these concerns and I hope that local people will take assurance from their conclusion.

“We will be working with colleagues in the local Clinical Commissioning Groups to develop a sustainable way forward for these services in the future in order that the standards delivered by our current service can be secured.”

During their visit the CQC’s team placed a ‘significant focus’ on patient experience and patient feedback, and sought the views of staff, patients and their relatives.