East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) has made widespread improvements to the quality of care patients receive. Following the CQC’s reinspection of the Trust’s hospitals in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate in September, Sir Mike Richards, England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, recommended that the Trust be taken out of special measures as a result of “further significant improvements” for local patients, recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in a report published on 21 December 2016.
This is the third inspection for the Trust since 2014 and looked in detail at four areas at three of the Trust’s five hospitals - emergency care, medical services, maternity and gynaecology and end of life care.
Trust Chief Executive, Matthew Kershaw, said: “The tangible improvements recognised by the CQC are the result of our thousands of dedicated and hardworking staff who have together driven improvements for patients in their wards, clinics, theatres, laboratories, workshops and offices over the last two years.”
NHS Improvement took the Trust out of quality special measures in February 2017.