26 September 2018
The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire. The Royal United Hospital occupies a 52-acre site about 1.5 miles from Bath city centre.
The trust has 732 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services.
The trust employs over 4,500 staff, some of who also provide outpatient, diagnostic and same-day case surgery services at local community hospitals in Bath & North East Somerset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
The hospital provides healthcare to the population served by four Clinical Commissioning Groups:
•Bath & North East Somerset CCG
•South Gloucestershire CCG
26 September 2018
Our rating of the trust improved. We rated it as good because:
We rated the safe, effective and well led domains as good, with the caring domain rated as outstanding. We rated the responsive domain as requires improvement. The safe domain increased by one rating to good. All other domains remained unchanged.
Our inspection of the core services covered at the Royal United hospital were as follows.
- Urgent and emergency care. Our overall rating of this service stayed as requires improvement. The core service ratings remained requires improvement in the safe and responsive domains. The well led domain dropped one rating to requires improvement. The effective and caring domains remained as good.
- Medical care. Our overall rating of this service increased to good. All domains were rated as good, with both the effective and responsive domains increasing by one rating.
- Critical Care. Our overall rating of this service increased to good. All domains were rated as good, with an increase of one rating in the safe, responsive and well led domains.
- Children and Young People. Our overall rating of this service stayed as good. There were no changes to any of the domains, with the safe, effective, responsive and well led domains rated as good and the caring domain rated as outstanding.
- Maternity services. Our overall rating of this service increased by one to outstanding. The effective domain remained as good, the safe domain increased one rating to good and the caring, responsive and well led domains increased one rating to outstanding.
- On this inspection, we did not inspect surgical services, end of life care or outpatient services. The ratings awarded to these core services at the previous inspection in August 2016 form part of the overall rating awarded to the trust this time.