Media Release

Monitoring requirements lifted at QEH

Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), King’s Lynn today (23 December) announced that all of the enhanced monitoring requirements previously imposed by Health Education East of England (HEE) and the General Medical Council (GMC) have now been lifted.

In April 2019, the trust had three conditions placed on it by the GMC. These were all lifted in December 2020, but the trust has remained in enhanced monitoring, to ensure that the doctors in training and other healthcare students are given the correct levels of support to ensure they are trained to the appropriate standards.

However, this week the GMC has confirmed that following a recommendation from HEE, all the enhanced monitoring requirements on obstetrics and gynaecology, acute medicine and emergency medicine have been lifted. 

The fantastic news that enhanced monitoring is no longer required, comes in the same week as the hospital regulator, the Care Quality Commission, confirmed that QEH has made substantial improvements in its services, with all of its core services now rated ‘Good’ for caring.

Dr Frankie Swords, Medical Director at QEH said, “This is further independent recognition of the progress that the Trust is making on its improvement journey and is testament to the leadership and hard work of all of our staff.”

Caroline Shaw CBE, Chief Executive Officer at QEH said, “This is wonderful news for all of our staff, trainees, students and patients and we will work hard to make sure that these improvements are sustained and built upon for the long term.”


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