QE Hospital one of the country’s safest

Posted on Thu, 24/07/2014

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead has again been named as one of the safest in the country and is now the only hospital in the North East to win and retain the top rating from the national regulator.

The new inspection system first started in 2013 and The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has now confirmed that the QE will remain at a band 6 rating (the highest possible) after figures from the latest Intelligence Monitoring Report were published today.   

QE Gateshead was first awarded band 6 status in October 2013, while an unannounced inspection in the same year provided unprecedented praise and a clean bill of health for all of its services.

The report gathers local and national data and assigns each NHS trust a banding based on their risk to patients. Every trust in the country has been graded from band 1 (highest risk) to band 6 (lowest risk) and Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust remains at a band 6 rating.

This means that the CQC has recognised the QE as one of the safest places in the country for patient care.

Ian Renwick, chief executive of QE Gateshead, said: 

“This is fantastic news for the hospital and for the thousands of patients we treat every year. It is the strongest possible acknowledgement of the efforts made by our staff to provide high quality care to all of our patients day in, day out. 

“Very few hospitals around the country have been able to achieve and maintain this high standard and I know that all our staff work so hard to ensure services are safe, caring, responsive to need and well led. Our managers and front line clinicians are working together every day to ensure that areas of good practice can be shared across the trust.

“This is a very exciting time for health services in Gateshead and this news comes as we prepare to deliver some major developments at the QE during the rest of the year. This winter a new £32m specialist emergency care centre will open for our patients and it's something that we're all incredibly excited about. We're also opening a brand new state-of-the-art pathology centre of excellence, which will be one of the best facilities of its kind in the UK.

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