Health bosses welcome improvements at Bedford Hospital

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The body which oversees healthcare across the county has welcomed the latest inspection at Bedford Hospital.

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has responded to the report, publicly released today, into care provided by Bedford Hospital.

The CCG was particularly pleased with the praise by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the hospital’s dementia facilities and care, and the recognition of some areas of outstanding practice including safer treatment for aneurysms, the birthing pool for high-risk mums and less disruptive imaging for critical care patients.

Anne Murray, CCG director of nursing and quality, said: “As commissioners we will continue to work closely with Bedford Hospital Trust to support the service improvements that are needed. CQC reports provide health organisations with an opportunity to ensure that high standards of safety and quality for patients are maintained.

“We will be monitoring the progress the trust makes on improving governance and management of incidents, risks and patient records. Listening to patients is paramount – doing this will bring improvements to patient privacy and dignity and handling of complaints.

“We are reassured that progress has already been made with the external review of maternity services and with the hospital’s plans to recruit additional qualified paediatric staff.”