King’s Mill Hospital given ‘outstanding’ rating by watchdog


A previously struggling hospital has been given an “outstanding” rating from the health watchdog.

King’s Mill Hospital, in Nottinghamshire, has improved from “good” in 2018, “requires improvement” in 2016 and “inadequate” in 2015.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as “good” overall.

Inspectors said staff “should be proud of the care they are providing to people using their services”.

Newark Hospital, which is also part of the trust, improved from “requires improvement” to “good”.

The report was published following an inspection from January to February.

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King’s Mill Hospital, in Sutton in Ashfield, was rated as “outstanding” in the caring, well-led and overall categories. In the safe, effective and responsive categories it was rated as “good”.

Inspectors said some reasons for the overall “outstanding” result included the number of staff, the good care and how well leaders ran the hospital.

The report highlighted a few areas of improvement, including giving staff time to complete mandatory training and clearly displaying patient information in languages other than English.

Prof Ted Baker, CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, said: “Inspectors were particularly impressed by how caring staff were across services which is why we rated this area as outstanding.

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