Dr Nigel Acheson, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the south, said: "
Since we last inspected, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has worked incredibly hard to improve in most areas and I want to congratulate them from moving from Requires Improvement to achieving their overall Good rating. However, there are some areas that still need work. In urgent and emergency care, maternity services and outpatients, staff were not up to date with their mandatory training. Some safety improvements had been made to the room in A&E for patients with mental health needs. However, there were remaining risks for the safety of those patients, particularly regarding ligature points and safety of furnishings.
Our inspectors found a Board that was experienced and skilled who had a strong vision for the organisation and embedded values. They understood the challenges to providing high-quality, sustainable services. They were supported by a committed, caring workforce who treated patients with compassion and dignity while providing them with the emotional support they needed.
We will return at a later date to check on the further progress the trust has made."
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