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Celebrations kick off as King George Hospital trust comes out of special measures

PUBLISHED: 18:09 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:09 07 March 2017

Chief nurse, Kathryn Halford, and chief executive, Matthew Hopkins, celebrate being out of special measures.

Chief nurse, Kathryn Halford, and chief executive, Matthew Hopkins, celebrate being out of special measures.

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Party poppers, cheers of joy and some celebratory cake were all part of today’s proceedings as the hospital trust welcomed the news of coming out of special measures.

A report published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced that the Barking, Havering, Redbridge Hospital University Trust (BHRUT) was no longer in special measures following “significant improvements”, to the delight of staff.

Chelsea-fan chief executive Matthew Hopkins made a pledge on his very first day that if the trust was to get out of special measures, he would wear a West Ham-coloured tie.

True to his word, he gathered staff for a meeting this morning at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, with a claret and blue-striped tie to break the good news.

He branded this as “the end of the beginning” in reaching the trust’s ultimate goal of receiving an outstanding rating.

Services including children and young people and care for patients with dementia were named as improved areas within the trust and a special mention was also given to the safeguarding children’s advisor for learning disabilities and autism Alison Dean.

She said: “It has been about us empowering the voice of children when they come to us and giving reassurance to families and carers because it can be a stressful time.

“It is great to know that we have been recognised for what we do here.”

Following the meeting, youngsters were also given a chance to celebrate with a visit from an entertainer and even got to try their hands at balloon modelling.

For the full report on BHRUT coming out of special measures, see this week’s Recorder.

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