Improvements to East Kent Hospitals’ Emergency Departments

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that there has been an overall improvement to the emergency departments at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.

The inspections were carried out in early March to assess whether the urgent and emergency care services were experiencing pressure due to winter demands, or issues with patient flow as a result of COVID-19.

The emergency departments at both hospitals are rated requires improvement overall but William Harvey Hospital’s rating for safe has improved from inadequate to requires improvement.

Better healthcare for our community is a key priority of mine. This is the second recent report from the Care Quality Commission which shows some improvement in our local hospitals. My thanks to doctors, nurses and the hospital teams for their dedication and hard work all year round at our local hospitals looking after us all.

I hope this latest report provides some reassurance to people who are attending the QEQM and William Harvey hospitals for emergency medical treatment. But it does show that there is still some way to go to make our local hospitals the best of the best. I will be continuing to press health chiefs for faster improvements to be delivered as we move forward from the pandemic.

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