PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has given the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust 28 days to address concerns uncovered following a recent never event.

The trust’s three hospitals and birthing unit were found to be complying with all of the CQC’s 16 essential standards following inspections visits in January and February.

However, inspectors made an unannounced visit to the hospital on 25 May following concerns about procedures in the operating theatres at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. The CQC found inconsistencies in the way the trust uses the World Health Organisation checklist in our surgical theatres.

Following the inspection, the Care Quality Commission has given the trust 28 days to address its concerns.      

Trust chief executive Peter Colclough said the trust has taken “swift action to ensure all our surgical theatres abide by the World Health Organisation checklist for every single patient and we have implemented an action plan that will ensure best practice at all our hospitals”.

CQC acting regional director in the South West, Bernadette Hanney, said that inspectors would return unannounced, to check that the trust had made all the necessary improvements. 

She said: “All care providers must know that we will continually monitor their compliance with the essential standards - and if there is good reason, we will visit unannounced to see for ourselves.

“We have already reported our concerns about the surgical procedures to the trust managers and we have made it clear that if the trust does not demonstrate full and consistent compliance in future we will take further action.”