King’s Mill Hospital has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The hospital, run by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFHFT), is now the only one in the East Midlands to be awarded the much-coveted ‘Outstanding’ status.
The report published today praises the trust’s achievements with specific mention made to the significant improvements in areas such as Critical Care.
Richard Mitchell, Chief Executive said: “I am pleased both sites visited by Inspectors have improved their overall rating which is reward for a huge amount of hard work. We are proud King’s Mill Hospital is now officially an Outstanding site and the only Outstanding hospital in the East Midlands and Newark has improved to Good overall.
“I hope this gives a boost to colleagues who have been working incredibly hard in unprecedented circumstances this year.
“We have made excellent progress, but I would be the first to admit there is more we can do to have a truly inclusive culture and to ensure all patients consistently receive the level of care we would want our families to receive.”
CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “All the staff at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust should be proud of the care they are providing to people using their services. Inspectors were particularly impressed by how caring staff were across services which is why we rated this area as Outstanding. Improvements were also made with regards to safety which is now rated as Good overall.
“The trust had a clear structure for overseeing quality across services. This gave them greater oversight of any issues and they responded when support was needed. Staff at all levels were clear about their roles and accountabilities and had regular opportunities to meet, discuss and learn.
“Staff understood the trust’s vision and values, and how to apply them in their work. They felt respected, supported and valued, and were focused on the needs of patients receiving care.”