Inspectors clear baby unit after staff improvements

A WARNING about staff shortages at Dewsbury District Hospital’s maternity unit has been lifted.

Bosses acted after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) criticised the unit following three inspection visits in February.

Problems found included the occasional closure of the delivery suite to new admissions and some women left in corridors for hours.

The CCQ blamed this on staff shortages, but a return visit on April 10 showed the MidYorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust had acted.

Inspectors interviewed employees who said staffing levels had improved and they felt better supported. 

MidYorkshire interim chief executive Stephen Eames said: “We promised we’d address the areas that needed improving. That’s what we’ve done. We can now better respond to high levels of service demand. All staff are aware of the processes in place to address any shortstaffing issues. We’re pleased the warning notice has been lifted.”

But the CCQ found communicating with and about patients could be further  improved, something chief nurse Tracey McErlain Burns vowed to act on.

She said: “We’re already implementing plans to improve communications with and about our patients. 

“We’ll also continue to work with the CQC to make sure our patients continue to receive safe, highquality maternity care.”

CQC inspectors reached their conclusions by reviewing staff rotas, incident reporting methods and the cover for staff shortages.

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