A HOSPITAL in North Yorkshire has been described providing “safe, effective, caring, responsible and well-led” care by the Care Quality Commission.

Harrogate District Hospital was also found to be clean and have systems in place for infection control in the recent report by the national inspector of health and social care.

Richard Ord, chief executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are pleased to receive the report from the CQC, which overall gives a positive verdict on our services.

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“This is down to the hard work and dedication of each and every member of staff and I want to thank them all for their efforts, as well as those staff, patients, relatives and members of the public who contributed their views to the inspection.”

The report also found that there were some areas that the Trust could improve - staffing levels in some areas, especially in the care of older people, meant that staff were keeping patients safe and meeting their needs, but were not always able to do so as promptly as possible.

Mr Ord said he would make this a priority and recruit more nurses.