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Update on operating theatres

In June, inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) made an unannounced visit to theatres. Whilst we await their final report, they raised a number of concerns – all of which we were aware of and already taking steps to address.

These issues included the overall governance in place in the service, reducing risk, medicines management and infection control.

Delivering safe care is the top priority for Poole Hospital, and we recognise that there are serious and important issues to address in theatres. We are confident that the care provided by our dedicated theatres teams is as safe as possible, and that there is real commitment to further improve.

Some of these concerns will take some time to change, for example in recruiting specialist staff where there are national workforce challenges. We are confident that the CQC will see a significant improvement when they return in the autumn.

It is important to remember that Poole Hospital provides a wide range of acute hospital services that are hugely valued by our public, and the vast majority of these are performing extremely well.  We know this from national benchmarking, patient and staff feedback, our own internal monitoring and other external assessments.

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