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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) as ‘good’ overall, following a comprehensive inspection of services last autumn.

The inspection shows that 90.5% of services are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ compared to 72.5% at the last inspection, reflecting the continuing positive trend of improvements in care. No service was rated as inadequate.

Alan Thomas, Chair of the Healthwatch Gloucestershire Steering Group said, “Healthwatch Gloucestershire was delighted to hear about the CQCs recent endorsement of the quality of care at Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust.  A ‘good’ rating is no small success, especially in the trying financial circumstances that the Trust has found itself in.  The achievement is a testament both to the quality of the Trust Leadership and, of course, to the many thousands of Trust staff who endeavour to give their best care to everyone.”

Critical Care at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital were rated ‘outstanding’ and the Trust was judged to be safe and caring in all areas of service.  Special praise was given to the quality of care to patients with a Learning Disability.

The Trust came out of financial special measures in November but still ‘requires improvement’ for Use of Resources.  A rating of ‘requires improvement’ was also given for the responsiveness of services – a reflection of the long waiting times experienced by some patients.

Deborah Lee, Chief Executive of the GHNHSFT said: “This is an area that is achieving huge focus in the Trust and we are confident that our plans to improve waiting times will improve significantly.  This has been demonstrated most recently with the achievement of the two-week cancer waiting time standard (for the first time in more than two years).”

The full report is available via this link www.cqc.org.uk.