Sheffield Maternity Services Inadequate, says CQC

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The Jessop Wing maternity unit has been investigated by the Care Quality Commission over patient care standards and ordered to make improvements.

The Jessop Wing, a purpose-built maternity unit at Sheffield Teaching Hospital, has been criticised for providing “inadequate” care for patients.

Earlier this year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) began investigating the unit after concerns were raised about the safety and quality of its services.

The watchdog has now concluded that the unit had not given "the standard of care women should be able to expect".

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Immediate Improvements

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has now been ordered to make immediate improvements at the unit, which had previously been rated as “outstanding”. These include:

  • Making sure all staff are competent, skilled and suitably qualified
  • Improving infection control and prevention
  • Implement effective risk and governance systems
  • Improving the monitoring of the effectiveness of care and treatment
  • Putting processes in place for investigating serious incidents, and making sure lessons are learned from them
  • Actively assessing and reviewing staffing

It’s very disappointing to see concerns raised about the Jessop Wing, particularly when this comes from a Trust which previously had an outstanding rating.

The potential impact on patient safety is very worrying and it’s hoped that the Trust is taking all possible steps to ensure that the Jessops Wing is a safe place for patients.

If you’ve been in the care of the Jessop Wing and have concerns about the care you received, please get in touch with our expert Medical Negligence Solicitors.

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What Happens Next?

The CQC has said it will continue monitoring Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust “extremely closely” and expects them to “continue to make rapid improvements”.

Sarah Dronsfield, head of hospital inspection at the CQC, said: “The trust leadership team know what they must do to improve patient safety and we will re-inspect to ensure this happens, taking further action if needed to protect patients.”

Kirsten Major, chief executive of the Trust, has assured women coming into the Jessop Wing to have their babies that its maternity teams “work incredibly hard every day to ensure their care is always the number one priority”.

She added that it has “wasted no time” in responding to the CQC’s recommendations.

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