‘Major incident’ at hospital

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Published: Saturday 15th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A major incident was declared at a hospital in Essex after a surprise inspection following concerns raised with the health regulator.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Colchester Hospital’s accident and emergency department and emergency assessment unit on Wednesday and told the trust of “safeguarding concerns”.

In July the CQC gave the hospital an overall rating of “requires improvement”.

Peter Wilson, acting chairman of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust told the Guardian it was facing “unprecedented demand” on its services.

The trust’s interim chief executive, Dr Lucy Moore, said it was “a difficult time for the trust”.

Mr Wilson said they were disappointed that the CQC felt the situation at the hospital had not improved, and confirmed it had declared a major incident to review various aspects of service at the hospital .

The trust said the major incident is likely to last a week, and appealed to members of the public only to visit the accident and emergency department if they have a “serious or life-threatening condition”.

The CQC said it will publish its latest report on the hospital “in due course”, and added that it will carry out further inspections at the trust.

Published: Saturday 15th November 2014 by The News Editor

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