Two hospitals that treat private patients have improved their rating with the UK regulator of hospitals, the Care Quality Commission.
The Wellesley Hospital run by Spire serves the community in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Previously the hospital had been rated as ‘requires improvement’ following an inspection in May 2016 which found that improvements were needed to ensure that services were safe and well run. Following a new inspection in June this year, the CQC has seen improvements and have since rated the hospital as ‘good’ across each of their inspection areas: Are services safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led.
Similarly, the Sunderland Royal Hospital – an NHS hospital which also treats a small number of privately funded patients, has had its rating changed from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ by the CQC. While the hospital retained its rating of ‘requires improvement’ under the question of whether services are safe – attributed in part due to low staffing levels of nurses on some wards, in each of the other inspection areas the site was rated as ‘good’.
CQC inspection ratings provide patients with an indication of the quality of services they can receive at different hospitals. They also help hospitals identify areas for service improvement.
You can read the full inspection reports for both hospitals on the CQC website using the links below.