Hospital check-ups produce mixed results

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Hospitals caring for High Peak patients have been assessed by an NHS watchdog - with mixed results.

Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital achieved the highest banding possible while Tameside Hospital was scored amongst the lowest.

East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs Macclesfield Hospital, is in band five, the second highest rank.

The Care Quality Commission looked at a range of information for their new intelligent monitoring tool, which will help them decide how to prioritise their inspections.

Ann Barnes, Chief Executive at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital, said: “Our patients are at the heart of everything we do and this stamp of excellence is down to skilled, committed and compassionate staff.”

And John Goodenough, Director of Nursing at Tameside Hospital said: “We welcome the CQC’s revised approach to inspection and we are using the indicators developed by them in our quality and safety monitoring. 

“Following the Keogh Review, which we accepted in full, the trust has developed a wide-ranging action plan to ensure these are implemented in full and significant improvements have been made to address the recommendations.”