Hospital trust on the mend after turnaround

The hospital trust which runs Kidderminster Hospital has been taken out of quality special measures after almost five years.

Kidderminster General Hospital
Kidderminster General Hospital

The chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed the news that regulators have recognised significant improvements in safety and quality of patient care – and praised staff for their hard work and dedication.

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive, said: “There is still much we have to do, and many more challenges to overcome, but this announcement is a huge vote of confidence in our ability to make sure that every patient coming through the doors of our hospitals gets the best, safest, most compassionate care.

“I would also like to thank our health and care partners across Worcestershire.

“It is essential that we continue to work together to prepare for the twin challenges of winter and a resurgence of Covid-19 so that we can keep our patients and our staff safe and make sure that we provide timely access to the best care in the right setting for everyone who needs it.”

Simon Trickett, chief executive of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is fantastic news for patients. It is a great achievement and reflects the tremendous amount of work that has been put over recent years.

"Congratulations to everyone involved, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Trust as they move forward on their improvement journey.”

A spokesperson for regulator NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands said: “This is great news for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals and the population it serves, and is testament to the commitment the trust and its staff has made to making key improvements.

"We will be continuing to work closely with the trust and the health system in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.”

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