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CQC Inspection Results

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's services have been rated 'good' for 'caring' across the board following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.

Inspectors assessed eight clinical areas in March this year as part of the CQC's planned inspection programme. All areas received a rating of 'good' for the 'caring' domain.

Services for children and young people received particular praise, achieving 'good' for all of the areas assessed.

The Trust was rated as 'good' for four services overall: children and young people, medical care, surgery and critical care. Four services were rated as 'requires improvement': urgent and emergency services, maternity and gynaecology, end of life care and outpatients and diagnostic imaging.

In total, inspectors found 25 out of the 39 factors they assessed 'good' – 64%.

The Trust was rated overall as 'requires improvement', which is consistent with the majority of other acute hospitals which have received CQC ratings.

Full details of the report can be found on the CQC's website www.cqc.org.uk