Royal Lancaster Infirmary addresses CQC concerns

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said it is "satisfied" with plans to address some of the problems at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The health watchdog had issued a number of warnings to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust over services including emergency care.

The trust was told it had until 16 March to improve care standards or some services could be suspended.

The CQC said it will continue to carry out unannounced inspections.

A spokesman said: "The Care Quality Commission can confirm it is in receipt of action plans in respect of two warning notices served on the University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust earlier this month.

"The notices required the trust to take immediate action in respect of the way patients are monitored at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Infirmary and in addition to patients at Lancaster not being afforded dignity and respect through inappropriate use of mixed sex accommodation.

"The CQC is satisfied that the trust is taking steps to address both issues. We will however continue to monitor the trust very closely:"

The CQC inspection, that took place on 21 December, looked at the hospital's A&E unit and also studied staffing records.

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