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Health watchdog says Blackpool Vic must improve

The new main entrance at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
26-2-2014

The new main entrance at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. PIC BY ROB LOCK 26-2-2014

Blackpool Victoria Hospital has been told it must improve after health watchdogs uncovered a raft of concerns over incident reporting, patient records and maternity care.

The Vic was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in January following last year’s damning report by NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh which criticised the hospital’s worryingly high death rates.

The latest report, published on Wednesday, highlights a number of areas of good practice and says the death rate is falling.

But the hospital must improve in four out of the eight areas inspected, including A&E, medical care, surgery and outpatients.

Its maternity and family planning services were judged to be inadequate.

Hospital chiefs have now been handed a five point list of improvements they must make – and a further eight recommendations.

For more see Wednesday’s Gazette.

 
 
 

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