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West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds told to improve maternity relating to observations




West Suffolk Hospital has been told it ‘must improve’ its maternity services - relating to observations and monitoring of women in its care, before the end of January.

The Care and Quality Commission (CQC) recently completed an inspection of the Bury St Edmunds infirmary - which is currently rated ‘outstanding’.

Their full report is due to be released in January, but the health watchdog has elected to implement a ‘section 29’ order, requesting the hospital takes immediate action on maternity.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (22502647)
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (22502647)

The CQC has not released its report, but the West Suffolk Hospital NHS trust said concerns related to observations and monitoring of women in its care.

West Suffolk’s leaders have this week committed to working with the CQC to improve the trust before the deadline - which has been implemented for January 31.

A spokesperson said: “Concerns have been raised about how we record patient observations after we have taken them, which are currently not in line with national guidance.

“The CQC also identified that we should make changes to the way we monitor women in our care, again to bring us in line with national guidance.

“We are making the necessary changes and the CQC is satisfied with the plans we have in place to make the improvements required.

“We have taken this feedback seriously and are acting accordingly to improve the care we provide, and continue to ensure the mothers and babies at our hospital are safe and well cared for.”


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