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Wexham Park Hospital in Slough hailed for 'impressive turnaround'

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Media captionFrimley Health chief executive Andrew Morris was praised for his leadership in turning around the quality of care at the hospital

A hospital rated so unsafe, unclean and inadequate two years ago it was handed to another NHS trust to run has now been rated "good" by inspectors.

Wexham Park in Slough has been praised for having one of the "most impressive" turnarounds in the NHS following the latest Care Quality Commission report.

It was taken over by Frimley Health NHS Trust after its previous trust was put on special measures and made headlines for needing an £18m government loan.

Bosses said it was an "amazing result".

Two years ago CQC inspectors had ordered Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to make "urgent improvements".

They reported long waiting times, cancelled operations and found rusty intravenous drip stands in a shower room.

The inspectors observed one patient not being given privacy when using a commode and were told by staff they felt bullied by managers.

Image caption A CQC report in 2014 highlighted serious failings at Wexham Park

In the latest inspection, the hospital's emergency service and critical care service have both been rated outstanding, with the six other core services rated as good.

The CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Prof Sir Mike Richards, said the Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which took over Wexham Park in 2014, was responsible for "undoubtedly the most impressive example of improvement" he had seen in the past three years.

He said: "Two years ago we found a hospital with unsafe staffing levels, patients waiting too long for attention and treatment, too many cancelled operations and a workforce which was all too busy firefighting, without a clear vision about the organisation's direction.

"The new leadership have brought with them a set of values which has put excellent patient care and experience at the heart of the hospital."

Image caption Leadership under chief executive Andrew Morris has seen vast improvements

Frimley Health chief executive Sir Andrew Morris said: "It's an amazing result and testament to the hard work of staff across Wexham Park, who are really committed to making the hospital somewhere they could be proud to be part of, delivering the kind of care they would want for their own family."

Wexham Park Hospital's performance had been blighted under the cash-strapped Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which in 2014 had been placed under special measures, and in 2010 had to be bailed out by the government.

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