Lincolnshire NHS trust ordered to improve patient care

United Lincolnshire NHS Trust (ULHT) has been told by inspectors to take immediate action to improve some aspects of its patient care.

Following a visit to the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found the trust was not providing effective care plans.

In addition, inspectors found patients were not always given enough support to help them eat and drink.

ULHT chief nurse Sylvia Knight said improvements would be made immediately.

Appropriate care

"The Care Quality Commission provided us with immediate and comprehensive feedback which has enabled us to respond immediately to the concerns raised," said Ms Knight.

"The trust will clearly be making sure that any improvements that we make are implemented across all of our hospitals and services."

The CQC report showed that appropriate steps were not being taken to ensure that people received effective, safe and appropriate care to meet their needs.

Care plans did not always reflect the needs of patients and risk assessments in relation to falls, pressure sores and nutrition did not always provide enough detail or contain clear actions to minimise risk, the report said.

The trust has until 31 May to make its improvements to avoid possible prosecution or closure of services.

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