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The CQC has rated the A&E department at Weston General Hospital as inadequate and has issued warnings regarding urgent and emergency care.
The hospital, which is managed by Weston Area Health NHS Trust, closes its A&E department between the hours of 10pm and 8am. This has been in place since April 2017, and campaign groups are concerned the report could lead to further reductions in service.
The CQC has cited a lack of support, supervision and training for staff in their report, as well as insufficient systems to monitor safety and risk.
However, the report did acknowledge the improvements that have been made since the last report including a change in senior staff and the existence of a positive attitude in senior staff. Quality measures are now being followed up on with mortality and morbidity reviews taking place regularly. A framework for nursing staff has been established to measure competency with a practice development nurse being appointed to ensure the training requirements are being met. National audits are being used to drive improvements within the hospital and clinical guidelines are being reviewed to ensure they are up to date.
Despite these improvements, the CQC found that junior doctors felt concerned about the level of support they receive, particularly during weekend shifts. Concerns were also raised about the skill levels of the nursing staff in this department, with no training plan.
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