Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed the news that after almost five years the Trust which manages the Worcestershire Royal Hospital had been lifted out of quality special measures by NHS England and NHS Improvement.  

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which also manages the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital, has been in special measures since December 2015 after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) raised concerns over quality and patient care.  

Despite more work needing to be done to address the long-term challenge of capacity, Robin is pleased that regulators have recognised significant improvements in safety and quality of patient care and praised staff for their hard work and dedication.  

Since being elected, Robin has long campaigned for investment in the hospital including stroke services and head and neck cancer treatments and surgeries to be kept within the county, a new breast cancer unit, a midwife-led birth centre, a state of the art oncology unity and expansion to the Accident and Emergency department, opened the link bridge as well as a new ward, which has delivered 94 new beds to the Worcester and most recently was delighted with the news of additional £2,500,000 for the hospital to expand capacity ahead of winter. He also welcomed a recent expansion in nurse training places for the University of Worcester and is campaigning for a medical school in Worcester. 

Speaking after the announcement, Robin said: 

“I am delighted to receive this news, which is the result of a huge team effort by everyone at our hospitals and a sign of real progress. I will be continuing to work closely with the trust to help build on their efforts and this success. I know how hard everyone at our hospitals has been working over revenue years to achieve this improvement and it is a gigantic team effort that has at least delivered success”  

“With the challenges of winter and a rising number of Covid-19 cases it is essential that we are able to provide timely access to the best care in the right setting for everyone who needs it. This announcement is a step in the right direction.”  

Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:   

“This is fantastic news for colleagues across our Trust who have worked so hard to put our patients first and provide the safest, highest quality care they can.” 

“It is recognition of the progress we have made, and is another very important step forward on our improvement journey, following on from last year’s greatly improved CQC ratings and the way we have risen to the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.”  

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of our staff for the improvements they have helped to deliver. There is still much we have to do, and many more challenges to overcome, but this announcement is a huge vote of confidence in our ability to make sure that every patient coming through the doors of our hospitals gets the best, safest, most compassionate care.”  

“I would also like to thank our health and care partners across Worcestershire. Their co-operation and commitment to helping us through some very difficult times has been greatly appreciated. Their delivery of an effective, joined-up system-wide support package for us has also made an important and direct contribution to us being lifted out of special measures.”  

Simon Trickett, Chief Executive of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG added: 

“This is fantastic news for patients. It is a great achievement and reflects the tremendous amount of work that has been put over recent years. Congratulations to everyone involved, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Trust as they move forward on their improvement journey.”  

ENDS 

Notes to editors   

For more information on Robin’s campaign for the Hospital, please see:   

https://www.walker4worcester.com/?s=hospital  

For more information on the recent announcement, please see:   

https://www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/news-and-media/970-waht-leaves-special-measures