Richard Benyon was delighted to hear that the Royal Berkshire Hospital has been rated ‘Outstanding’ after its latest Care Quality Commission inspection and the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as ‘Good’ overall.

He commented, ‘This is a significant improvement from the last inspection in 2014 and is a fantastic achievement and a credit to all the clinical and administrative staff at the hospital.’

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has found a significant improvement in the quality of services for patients during the latest inspection of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. A team of inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visited the hospital unannounced last September to check the quality of five core services: urgent and emergency care, surgery, medicine, critical care and outpatients. CQC also looked specifically at management and leadership to answer the key question: Is the trust well led?

Overall the trust is now rated as Good – although the Royal Berkshire Hospital itself is Outstanding. A full copy of the report has been published on the CQC website.