Leeds hospitals prepare for biggest-ever inspection of care

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a 70-strong team are set to carry out the biggest ever independent inspection of care at hospitals in Leeds.

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to descend on the city’s hospitals trust next month as part of a programme of visits to organisations where there have been concerns about standards.

Up to 70 people will investigate the Leeds hospitals, including Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital.

Suzanne Hinchliffe, chief nurse at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, told a meeting of hospital directors: “The inspection could last up to a week and there could be another unannounced visit about a week or two later.

“Previously we have had two or three inspectors at the most. Last October we had a dozen and this time we are likely to expect 60 or 70.”

The inspectors will include representatives from the CQC as well as members of the public and staff from other hospitals.

Last year it was revealed that the Leeds hospitals trust was among 24 nationwide classed as having a much higher risk of providing poor care to patients.

This was due to issues including higher rates of the potentially deadly superbug Clostridium difficile and problems training doctors.

Ms Hinchliffe said the inspection would not be a judgement on safety and would focus on whether the trust provided good, effective care.

In advance of the visit, the CQC is asking for patients or former patients to give their views about care received at Chapel Allerton Hospital, LGI and St James’s.

To give feedback, call the CQC on 03000 616161 between 8.30am and 5pm on weekdays, write to CQC, National Customer Service Centre, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA, or email enquiries@cqc.org.uk.

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