Dartford hospital Darent Valley to be subjected to rigorous inspection
PUBLISHED: 11:41 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:42 18 July 2013
Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford is to receive a radical new inspection by the new chief inspector of hospitals.
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust - which runs the Dartford hospital - is one of 18 trusts which will initially be subjected to more rigorous inspections.
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new chief inspector of hospitals Prof Sir Mike Richards is introducing changes to the way hospitals in England are inspected following a number of high profile hospital scandals, such as Stafford and Morecambe Bay.
The changes will be introduced by the end of next month.
The health watchdog will spend longer inspecting hospitals and cover every site that delivers acute services and eight key areas; A&E; maternity and paediatrics; acute medical and surgical pathways; care for the frail elderly; end of life care; and outpatients.
The inspections will be a mixture of unannounced and announced and they will include inspections in the evenings and weekends when people can experience poor care.
Sir Mike will decide whether hospitals should be rated as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
It is hoped this will give people a clear picture of the quality of their local hospital.
Where there are failures in care, Sir Mike will work with NHS England, Monitor, and the NHS Trust Development Authority to make sure a clear programme is put in place to deal with the problems.