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February 2, 2012

CQC warns Great Western Hospital over essential standards

The UK Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reported that the Great Western Hospital in Swindon failed to meet two essential standards.

The UK Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reported that the Great Western Hospital in Swindon failed to meet two essential standards.

The CQC said improvements are needed in the hospital to protect patients from unsafe treatment during surgery, according to Newbury Today.

The healthcare provider has to improve monitoring of patients’ fluid balance to better protect them from dehydration, the report said.

Inspectors also found that improvements are required in the areas of care and welfare of patients, and in meeting nutritional needs.

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Nerissa Vaughan said in a statement that the trust takes inspections by the CQC very seriously.

"We use their findings as an opportunity to explore ways we can improve the care we provide," Vaughan said. "We are now in the process of producing an action plan addressing the points raised by the CQC and its progress will be monitored by the trust board."

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services, community health and maternity services across Wiltshire and parts of Bath and North East Somerset.

These services include community hospitals, community nursing, therapists, and children’s and young people’s services, along with hospital-based maternity services from the Princess Anne Wing at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

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