CHILDREN may not be getting the best possible care at Milton Keynes Hospital according to a report released this week.
The latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report highlighted concerns that there was no dedicated high dependency unit (HDU) for children.
The report states: “Milton Keynes Hospital was not meeting one or more essential standards. Improvements are needed.
“There was no high designated high dependency area within the ward.
“The two children cared for on the HD care pathway during our visit were in different areas of the ward.
“We saw that documentation relating to HD care pathway had been fully completed, with evidence of regular medical review.”
The hospital did receive praise in the report though, with a good overall conclusion from the CQC.
It said: “People who used the service generally experienced effective, safe and appropriate care, treatment and support that met their needs and protected their rights.
“In the A&E department ,the children’s area was not used to its full potential and children were cared for in an adult environment.”
A hospital spokesman said: “The Care Quality Commission made an unannounced visit to the hospital on July 19 focusing on paediatric services.
“The feedback from patients and their families was very good. “However, the hospital recognises that there are things that can be done to improve their experience, and work is already under way.
“The hospital itself identified to the CQC that we were already undertaking a review looking at the best environment to care for young people, particularly those over 14 years old.
“We acknowledge that we need to take additional steps to monitor and ensure all staff are keeping their training up-to-date.”