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COUNCIL LEADER CALLS FOR ACTION FOLLOWING DISAPPOINTING REPORT ON LOCAL NHS TRUST

The Leader of the London Borough of Bexley has called for quick and sustainable improvement in the performance of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust following a critical inspection report.

This week the Trust was rated as requiring improvement by the Care Quality Commission, the independent national regulator of health and social care.

The Trust achieved the same very disappointing rating three years ago following its last comprehensive inspection.

“Local people rely on the services provided by the Trust - especially those at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, Woolwich - and they deserve better,” said Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE. “This is the second time that the CQC has raised concerns about the delivery of vital services. More needs to be done to get the basics right and turn things around – and it needs to be done quickly.”

The Council, along with other partners, is supporting the Trust to improve services for elderly patients. Their work together to support people to get home from hospital as soon as they are well enough, has earned praise from respected organisations like the King’s Fund and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The Council’s innovative ‘Discharge to Assess’ service has been particularly successful in helping patients to be safely discharged with the right home support, helping to manage pressures at A&E.

London Borough of Bexley will continue to do all it can to support the Trust to bring about the improvements needed.

The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust serves a population of 500,000, largely in the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Bexley and Greenwich. Its main services are provided at Lewisham Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, but it also has some outpatient clinics at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup.

The team from the CQC did find a number of areas of outstanding practice within the Trust and praised the staff in these services for the quality of care they provide.