Inspectors ask for views on Hartlepool hospital services

The University Hospital of Hartlepool
The University Hospital of Hartlepool
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A Government inspector is inviting members of the public to an event to share their experiences of a health trust - ahead of hospital inspections next month.

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals is asking people in Hartlepool and the surrounding area to tell his inspection panel what they think of the services provided by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Sir Mike Richards

Sir Mike Richards

Their views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the University Hospital of North Tees and University Hospital of Hartlepool from July 7.

The Trust will be inspected and given an overall rating under a new method of inspection introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Chief Inspector, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has said that he will lead significantly larger inspection teams than before, headed up by clinical and other experts including trained members of the public.

To ensure the views of patients and the local community are properly heard, the inspectors will be holding a listening event in town on Monday, July 6, at 6pm, at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool.

It is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have had care at any of the hospitals run by the trust.

Professor Sir Mike Richards

It will be to find out more about the inspection process, to tell the team about their experiences of care from the past year, and to say where they would like to see improvements made in the future.

He added: “It is vital that we also hear the views of the people who have had care at any of the hospitals run by the trust, or anyone else who wants to share information with us. This will help us plan our inspection, and so help us focus on the things that really matter to people who depend on this service.”