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Thursday, 6 December 2018

St George’s Hospital in Tooting “requires improvement.”

That’s according to the latest Care Quality Commission report published today.

Although Critical Care was rated “good” by inspectors, Outpatients and Diagnostic Imaging was found to be “inadequate.”

Surgery and End of Life Care also “requires improvement.”

The hospital says “significant progress has been made since the CQC’s visit in August.”

Meanwhile, St George’s cardiac surgery service is safe, but further improvements are needed also.

The CQC carried out a focussed inspection of the cardiac surgery service at St George’s Hospital in Tooting in August and September this year, and has confirmed in its inspection report today that the service provided for patients is safe.

Since the CQC’s inspection, and in response to the external, independent report completed by Professor Mike Bewick in July, the Trust says it has taken a number of steps to stabilise and improve the service for the benefit of patients and staff.

This includes the appointment of Mr Steven Livesey, "an experienced cardiac surgeon from outside the organisation," to provide leadership for the service.

Mr Livesey has now started in post.

Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive of St George’s, said:

“I am pleased the CQC has confirmed the cardiac surgery service we provide is safe, following their visit in the summer.

“The service experienced significant challenges earlier this year, and it will be reassuring to the communities we serve that the CQC has confirmed it is safe.

“Of course, this does not change the fact that significant improvements are required and significant progress has been made since the CQC’s visit back in August.

“I am grateful to many of our cardiac surgery staff for the commitment and dedication they have shown; they deserve a huge amount of praise during what was a difficult period for the service.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 4:00 pm  

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