Scunthorpe General Hospital 'inadequate' says watchdog

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Image caption The North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust said the report was "not a reflection of the overall quality of care"

A health watchdog has found services at Scunthorpe General Hospital are "inadequate".

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) cited evidence of "patients coming to harm" in its outpatients' services.

The North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust "requires improvement" overall, the report said.

Karen Jackson, chief executive of the trust said: "We are extremely disappointed in the overall rating for Scunthorpe hospital."

The rating was "not a reflection of the overall quality of care at the hospital", she added.

The hospital was previously rated as "requires improvement".

Nursing vacancies

The CQC said it had had concerns with outpatients' services at Scunthorpe and Diana Princess of Wales hospital in Grimsby.

There was evidence of patients coming to harm because of poor management of the follow-up appointment system, it said

Diana Princess of Wales Hospital "requires improvement" and Goole Hospital was rated "good" by the watchdog.

Amanda Stanford of the CQC said it was "disappointed improvements haven't been as fast or sustained as they could have been".

However, the trust had "responded to its concerns" and "patients shouldn't be worried".

The hospital would be inspected again before the end of the year, she added.

Inspectors also found there was a high number of nursing posts vacant.

The trust said it had recruited more than 230 doctors and 100 nursing staff during 2015.

It came out of special measures in July 2014 and the CQC inspection took place in October 2015.

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