Northwick Park Hospital 'requires improvement' says CQC

21 August 2014

Northwick Park Hospital 'requires improvement' says CQC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned the trust that runs Northwick Park and St Mark's hospitals must improve patient services according to a new inspection report.

The CQC report-coming on the back of its unannounced inspection regimes-told North West London Hospitals Trust that the dealing of patient flow through the hospital was not up to the appropriate standard and that critical care units were of particular concern with the CQC finding that patients were often discharged too early, occasionally resulting in patients having to be readmitted.

123 more hospital beds required

Gareth Thomas, Labour MP for Harrow West, responded to the report by saying: “In light of the upcoming closure of the A&E department at Central Middlesex and Ealing Hospitals, it is now urgent that the government brings forward a comprehensive plan to reduce pressure on A&E services at Northwick Park, and consider options such as extending the opening hours at the Alexandra Avenue walk-in clinic.

"The board at Northwick Park identified a need for 123 more beds in January to meet existing demand, and the government has not yet explained how they will address this increasingly critical situation.” frequently deals with enquiries from the public where early discharge from CCU has resulted in an existing condition being exacerbated resulting in avoidable harm and subsequent treatment or where misdiagnosis and delay has resulted in further complications or unnecessary surgery as a result of the lack of appropriate tests and patient care.

The trust has also been found to be victim of a severe funding shortfall according to an audit report which estimates that some required £23m for the next two years is absent. The North West London NHS Hospital Trust, which oversees Central Middlesex Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital and St Mark’s Hospital was part of the Audit Commission report into the finances of 98 trusts in total. 

Marcine Waterman, controller of the audit, said: “This year auditors are reporting concerns about the financial resilience of a third of NHS trusts compared with a quarter last year.

“This level of reporting is worrying and reflects the increasing risks to the financial sustainability of individual NHS trusts, as they continue to face sizeable financial pressures due to a rising demand for services and the necessary focus on quality of care, whilst balancing the need for continued cost savings.”

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