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Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Grading:  - Requires Improvement

We inspected this trust as part of our planned, comprehensive inspection programme. We carried out an announced inspection visit to the hospital from 8 to 10 March 2016, and additional unannounced inspection visits between 16 and 21 March 2016. During this time we also visited outpatients, day case surgical services and dialysis services provided at two other trust sites.

Overall, we rated this trust as ‘requires improvement’. We rated it ‘good’ for providing a caring and ‘requires improvement’ for safe, efective, responsive and well led services. At provider level, we rated ‘well led’ as requires improvement.

We rated, medical care, surgical services, critical care and services for children and young people as good. Urgent and emergency care, maternity and gynaecology, end of life care and outpatient services were rated as requires improvement.