Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors have reported that Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has made improvements, following original finding that it failed to meet essential standards.

The CQC, England’s independent healthcare regulator, said that it was satisfied that the surgical teams at trust had made the required safety improvements in its operating theatres.

Inspectors made an unannounced visit to Derriford Hospital and found that all the operating theatres were now using important checklists recommended by the World Health Organization and the National Patient Safety Agency.

The visit followed concerns made public by inspectors who visited the facility in February this year and said that the hospital failed to meet three essential standards, including the use of safety checklists in operating theatres, the training and supervision of staff, and the use of quality checking systems.

CQC south-west regional director Bernadette Hanney said the onus is now on the trust to ensure that all its surgical teams continue to carry out the safety checks each and every time.

“We will continue to monitor the trust to ensure these improvements are sustained and will not hesitate to take action if it becomes necessary,” Hanney said.