Local Hospitals were highlighted recently, when The Care Quality Commission released a comprehensive report on the state of care in NHS acute hospitals. Locally there was with a mix of good and bad news.
These were findings from the CQC’s programme of NHS acute comprehensive inspections.
Hospitals with high standards highlighted were:
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was one of only five acute specialist trusts rated as Outstanding.
- The Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, was rated Outstanding for critical care.
Three local hospitals saw a decline in their most recent inspections:
- Birmingham Heartlands Hospital – deteriorated from “Requires Improvement” to “Inadequate” for urgent and emergency care.
- Solihull Hospital deteriorated from “Good” to “Requires Improvement” (with doubts over safety) for maternity and gynaecology.
- Good Hope Hospital also deteriorated from “Good” to “Requires Improvement” for outpatients and diagnostic imaging.
The Heart of England Trust which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals, is losing millions each year and, since the 2015 CQC report, plans were revealed to merge with University Hospital Birmingham which is generally more successful.
It's not clear what this will mean for the range of services delivered locally, or whether Solihull patients will have to travel further for treatment in future.
Solihull’s Last Report (June 2015)