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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Eastbourne Hospital Trust to be inspected by CQC

May 21, 2014 3:09 PM

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced on Monday that it was to inspect the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which is responsible for the Eastbourne DGH, as part of its next wave of inspections, to take place between July and September 2014.

The inspection will assess ESHT to see if the service overall is: safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs and well-led, and will be carried out by a mixed team of inspectors, clinicians and 'Experts by Experience'.

Following the inspection, the ESHT will receive an overall rating of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

Additionally, each of the eight core services such as maternity and accident and emergency, will also be rated in the same way to provide performance information at a service, hospital and trust-level.

Prior to the inspection, Eastbourne residents will have the opportunity to share their experiences of the services with members of the inspection teams at a listening event, the date and venue of which will be confirmed nearer the time.

Stephen Lloyd MP said: "Over the last few weeks I have had a series of meetings up in Westminster with the Care Quality Commission. A number of constituents have contacted me over a range of different services provided by our local trust, ESHT, and I have taken those concerns to the CQC and told them it was very important that the Trust be independently and robustly assessed.

Recent changes have caused many people, including myself and the Save the DGH campaign Chair, Liz Walke, real worries. I felt it essential that these issues were looked at independently by trained medical personnel so that Eastbourne residents can discover just how adequately our own hospital and community services are delivering.

It is sometimes very difficult to separate fact from fiction within ESHT and with the Trust being informed that it will receive a significant inspection, to include all 8 core services, I am hopeful that the report, when it is published, gives our town a clear snapshot of how our local hospital and community NHS services are performing for them."