Results of unannounced Lincolnshire hospital visits to go before bosses

Improvements must be made to screening and treatment of sepsis in Lincolnshire, hospitals inspectors found, as United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust remains in special measures.

Positive progress is being made in other areas such as the safety culture in Lincolnshire hospitals and the treatment of sepsis in children.

The trust received an overall rating of ‘requires improvement‘ following an inspections from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2018.

Health bosses at Lincolnshire County Council will present a summary of inspectors’ recent assessments this morning following a series of unannounced visits.

The full report has not been made public, but a summary of highlights was presented to committee members before the meeting.

A core service visit took place in June 2019 at Pilgrim and Lincoln County hospital sites. Urgent and emergency care, medicine, children & young people, maternity services and critical care were inspected alongside progress according to the improvement plan set in motion last year.

Unannounced visits spanned a few weeks and feedback will be given during the county meeting on Wednesday, July 10.

Among risks identified were concerns about the replacement of Children’s Improvement Lead Nurse and Data Quality Project Manager, which are soon to be vacant.

They also identified risks in delivering the [email protected] project due to lack of funding.

Good progress was made in disseminating safety bulletins, but the summary report notes: “There is a concern around sepsis. The concerns are around the trust still not achieving the standards for sepsis screening and timely treatment if sepsis with IV antibiotics.

Stay with Lincolnshire Reporter to find out the news from the meeting later today.