BREAKING NEWS: United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust ‘fully accepts’ findings of Keogh Review into quality of care

Louth County Hospital.
Louth County Hospital.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says it ‘fully accepts’ the findings of the Keogh Review into the quality of the Trust’s care, which have been published today.

The review panel has identified dozens of examples of good practice at ULHT – but also a range of issues which the Trust is required to tackle urgently.

ULHT owned Louth County Hospital until it was transferred to NHS Lincolnshire in January this year but still provides some services at the hospital.

The Trust is among the worst of 14 providers which have been investigated by Sir Bruce Keogh for abnormally high death rates following the Mid Staffordshire scandal in which hundreds of patients were found to have died needlessly.

The Trust, which also operates Boston Pilgrim Hospital and provides some services at Skegness Hospital, says work to address the issues is already underway.

ULHT’s Chief Executive Jane Lewington said: “The safety and quality of patient care is our top priority. We have always seen the review as an opportunity to continue our journey of improvement.

“The review has helped to ensure that our efforts are targeting the changes that will make the most impact on patient care.

“Therefore we fully accept the findings. Patients are the very heart of everything we do, but others are doing better and therefore we need to learn from them.”

On staffing, ULHT has committed to spending £7m this year and next on approximately 200 additional nurses to meet the increasingly complex needs of patients.

A major recruitment campaign is underway, with Spain and Ireland being targeted targeted in addition to UK wide recruitment. Staffing levels are already being reviewed on a daily basis.

The Trust Board’s commitment to significant investment in nurse recruitment is among more than 90 positive references in the review report to good practice in ULHT’s hospitals.