Eastbourne’s hospital has been judged ‘inadequate’ by the CQC.
This is the lowest rating the CQC can give, and it means ‘the service is performing badly’ and enforcement action might be taken.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the DGH and Conquest hospital in Hastings, also received an ‘inadequate’ rating.
The health watchdog released its report on the Eastbourne DGH this morning (March 27), and it revealed that a number of areas in the hospital need improvement.
These include urgent and emergency services (A&E), medical care (including older people’s care), services for children and young people and end of life care.
Intensive and critical care was judged as ‘good’, but surgery and outpatients was ‘inadequate’.
For East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust as a whole, it was judged on a number of issues.
Low staffing levels across the trust saw an inadequate rating for safety, with particular concerns in the surgery, maternity and pharmacy departments.
On leadership, the CQC said, “The trust had just undertaken a major and contentious reconfiguration of some of its clinical services. We did not see a clear vision for the trust going forward from this.”
It also said there was a ‘clear disconnect’ between the trust board and staff. The inspector expressed concerns that staff were ‘afraid’ to speak out about problems.
The trust was given an inadequate rating in the ‘well led’ section.
However the Trust was given a ‘good’ rating for being caring.
The inspection of the provider took place in September 2014, but the publication of the report suffered a series of delays.
An ‘unannounced’ CQC inspection took place at the Eastbourne DGH and Conquest hospitals on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
More to come.