PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has found Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust to be compliant with standards on medicines management again after the trust closed the offending ward.

Inspectors found a lack of suitable bedside storage for medicines for patients staying on the Kemerton winter escalation ward at Cheltenham General Hospital when they visited in April. They noted minor concerns and asked the trust to make improvements.

A follow up report from the CQC said the trust had written to the regulator in May to inform them new lockers had been ordered and locks fitted to the medicines cupboard and again in June to notify them the ward had now been closed.

The concern has now been lifted.

The CQC report said: “The trust advised us that lessons had been learnt about ensuring safe arrangements for medicines storage were in place before wards were opened for winter pressures in the future.”