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Northampton General Hospital

Grading:  - Requires Improvement

We carried out a focused inspection on 23 September 2014 to review the trust’s progress in meeting the requirements of the warning notice that was issued on 28 March 2014 for regulation 10 (Quality monitoring of the services provided) against the regulated activity of ‘Treatment of Disease, Disorder or Injury’, specifically to sections 10(1)(a)(b), (2)(c)(i). We inspected the Accident and Emergency Service and the Medical Care service. As this was a focused inspection, we did not inspect every key line of enquiry under the five key questions.


Our key findings were as follows:



    • The trust had taken significant actions to meet the concerns contained in the warning notice and that the warning notice was now to be removed.



Recommendations for improvement for the trust were:




    • The trust should continue to embed effective training and staff appraisals systems in place to ensure trust targets are met


    • The trust should continue to monitor the capacity and demand of the ED to ensure all patients are assessed within the 4 hour target time.


    • The trust should continue to review all areas of patient risk and ensure all areas of risk highlighted on the corporate risk register are reviewed within the prescribed timescales.


    • The trust should continue to monitor all out of hours patient moves and embed the risk assessment process to achieve its target for 100% completion of these risk assessments.