The Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of its national review of maternity services, has published its inspection report of maternity at Lister – and has downgraded the service to ‘Inadequate’.
The CQC recognised that staff worked well with women in the community to plan services, that there was a culture for improvement and innovation, and that the team achieved good outcomes for women.
However there were concerns that there were insufficient staff, that mandatory training was below the Trust target, that equipment needed more regular servicing, and that cleanliness must improve.
Trust chief executive Adam Sewell-Jones said:
“Our maternity team work incredibly hard and keep the interests of parents-to-be central to everything they do. I want to reassure you that our hospital remains a safe place to give birth – as shown by other national measures that we regularly review and report on.
“However we take this report very seriously and our new director of midwifery has already led immediate and thorough action to increase cleanliness, and to ensure that our equipment is up to the required standard.
“We have a detailed improvement plan to address remaining issues and will report openly on our progress.
“We recognise the national shortage of midwives, however our staffing levels are in-line with other maternity units in the east of England and since the inspection we have recruited 17 more midwives.”
Care Quality Commission (CQC) Report:
The CQC carried out a short notice announced focused inspection of maternity services at Lister Hospital on the 04 and 05 October 2022 looking only at the safe and well-led key questions.
If you are due to give birth at the Lister, you can find some frequently asked questions (FAQs) here, along with details of our maternity helpline if you have any concerns or concerns. You can also speak to your midwife for advice.