Care Quality Commission report shows improvements at Lincoln County Hospital
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its latest report for Lincoln County Hospital following an inspection in October 2012.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, is reported to have made continuous improvements in many areas over the last year.
The hospital is fully compliant in the care and welfare of patients, nutritional needs, management of medicines and other key standards.
The report describes a team approach to care which identifies the individual needs of patients, with full assessments of personal care and nutrition and records to show changes to conditions and treatments.
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Patients describe food being of good quality, with choices explained to them.
The report also describes improvements around discharging patients, with teams in A&E to focus on helping patients return home safely with appropriate support in place.
However, the report does say the trust needs to address issues surrounding the level of staffing at the hospital.
"There were times when there was not enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet patients' needs," it read.
"We have judged that this has a minor impact on people who use the service, and have told the provider to take action."
Eiri Jones, director of nursing, said; "We are delighted to have received such a positive report.
"This reflects the hard work of all our staff on every ward and department across the Trust on a daily basis.
"We have been making many changes to the way we run our services and are proud of the commitment from those who have made the improvements such a success.
"We do recognise there is still more to be done in some areas and work is on-going to address issues where they are raised. We are also continuing with the good work to ensure we continue to deliver services of a high standard."