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Colchester hospitals "improving"
2:58pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
HOSPITALS in Colchester are improving following the Keogh review, according to bosses.
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust was one of 14 investigated after high death rates were discovered It avoided being put in special measures after inspectors said it was improving.
But they warned more needed to be done.
At a meeting last week Govenors were told improvements had been put in place.
Dr Gordon Coutts, chief executive of the trust, said: “I think we are, in the major items brought up by Keogh, pretty much on track.
“We are making a lot of structural and process changes but we need to make sure the behaviour change carries on.
“There’s a lot happening but overall we are on track.”
The reason Colchester’s hospitals were reviewed was the Summary Hospital Level Mortality Indicator.
It measures deaths in hospital and up to 30 days after a patient is discharged; it was at an unacceptable level in Colchester.
Health investigators compiled a 64-page report about Colchester’s hospitals, highlighting 42 areas for improvement.
Nine of these are classified as urgent, 23 high and 11 medium.
Dr Coutts said changes had been made to end of life care, executive team engages in walk abouts to speak to staff and patients are now being properly escorted to the X-ray department.
Inspectors acting for NHS medical director Prof Sir Bruce Keogh are due back to Colchester later this year.
It could be as early as next month.
Dr Coutts said: “The vast majority of our plan will be in place by the end of the year.
“We hope the inspectors will be pleased.
“They recognised we are an improving trust and we are aware we need to keep improving and that’s what we are doing.”
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