The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is set to come out of special measures following its latest inspection.

A report published yesterday by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), rated the hospital as ‘good.’

Four of seven key areas were rated good by inspectors, with three needing improvement.

And the rating for the hospital leadership has gone from inadequate to good.

However, the hospital, which has been in special measures since October 2013, was  rated overall as ‘requires improvement.’

The CQC visit took place in June at the  hospital’s Gayton Road site.

Inspectors also noted there were some areas of outstanding practice.

The paediatric team was found to provide a good service and the commitment of midwifery staff was highlighted.

Inspectors said that patients found their experience was in general, very good.

However, the report also says the hospital still needs to improve in other areas.

Remaining issues include documentation of care, medicine storage and the care of patients with single organ failure.

Professor Sir Mike Richards from the CQC, said he will be recommending to Monitor, the body responsible for Foundation Trusts, for the hospital to be taken out of special measures.

Monitor is understood to give the move the go-ahead within weeks.

Professor Richards, said: “Our inspectors particularly noted the new leadership which has a clear vision and strategy for the trust.  Strong leadership is vital for any service to improve.

“There is good communication throughout the organisation and the morale and culture has improved.”

He added: “There is still further work to do, particularly to bring maternity services up to the same standards.”

The report stated that staffing both medical and nursing was a “concern,” as staff had to be transferred from other areas of the service to support the delivery suite.

It says: “At times the unit had to close due to insufficient numbers of staff with patients being diverted to other units.”

Chief executive of the hospital, Dorothy Hosein confirmed that the trust was working towards having a new midwife-led unit up and running in November.

She added the trust was also in the process of recruiting new staff both from abroad and locally.

Mrs Hosein, who has been in post since November 2014, said: “This is a momentous day.  In this short time-frame it has been a challenge but clearly the CQC saw positive changes and we are, as we say on the trust, on our journey to excellence.

“In terms of the report, there are some