Reasons why inspectors will visit Northampton General Hospital revealed

Dr Sonia Swart
Dr Sonia Swart

Inspectors will ask for improvements at Northampton General Hospital after they visit later this month, the NGH chief has predicted.

The hospital revealed this afternoon that the issues that have prompted the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visit from next week because of emergency pressures, death rates, whistleblowing by staff, employee and staff surveys, high numbers of caesareans and delays in care highlighted by inquests and serious incident reports.

Dr Sonia Swart, NGH’s chief executive, said: “Once they have been in and written their report, I anticipate we will need improvement.”

Last month a mock inspection was carried out by the NHS’s Trust Development Authority, which the hopsital said is likely to show a marked improvement since October and that NGH was “making real progress in standrads of care.”

Dr Swart said: “We know there are areas where we need action to ensure our services are of a consistently high quality and there is an enormous amount of work already underway.

“We also know that we must listen more to patients, learn improve and innovate - and we will do all of those things. We are up for that challenge because it is our mission to provide the best possible care of all our patients.”