Conditions lifted from Nottinghamshire hospital

A health watchdog has lifted conditions placed on a Nottinghamshire hospital after a spot inspection found standards had improved.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found concerns about the Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU) at King's Mill Hospital were not followed up promptly.

CQC also found the hospital did not have "adequate systems to assess and monitor care".

New systems to report and follow up hospital incidents have been set up.

'Vital systems'

From 1 April 2010, all hospital trusts needed a licence from the CQC to work in the NHS, under a new regime.

Following an inspection at King's Mill Hospital in March, the regulator attached conditions to the trust. If improvements are not carried out, trusts face fines or suspension.

Andrea Gordon, CQC regional director, said reporting and assessment of care were "vital systems that underpin any modern hospital".

"They allow clinicians, managers and the board to monitor care on the wards and address any problems that arise," she added.

"This includes ensuring risks are identified and managed and mistakes are reported and learnt from."

Carolyn White, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are obviously very pleased to have the conditions lifted. External validation of any service is always welcome as quality is at the heart of everything we do."

The CQC said the trust would continue to be monitored.

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