KGH insists it is reducing patient risk

Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

Kettering General Hospital says it is working to eliminate risks highlighted in a report by a national watchdog.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the trust is one of 20 in the second of six bands ranked by risk to patients.

Band one, those deemed by the CQC to be the highest risk and which fail to offer safe and good-quality care, includes Northampton General Hospital.

Among the risks identified at Kettering were cancelled operations, aftercare of hip fracture patients and hospital governance. It was also marked down after a “never event”, a serious procedural incident, took place this year.

Chief operating officer Sue Watkinson said the hospital had already addressed many of the risks.

She added: “Maintaining high standards of care and clinical safety are our top priority and, in addition to these external checks, we have a very robust internal safety and quality system.”

Meanwhile, a separate CQC report has found significant improvements have been made since a similar inspection earlier this year.

Three of the four standards focused on by the CQC, including care and welfare and safeguarding from abuse, were found to have been met.

Director of nursing and quality Clare Culpin said: “We are pleased that our ongoing efforts to improve the patient experience and enhance safety have been noted by the CQC who can see we are progressing.”