The official seal of approval from the Care Quality Commission followed top-up inspections of maternity services and end-of-life care at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Both were rated “good” – with maternity being “outstanding” for being well-led - and these findings upgraded the overall rating for the hospital, part of the Barts Health group.

At The Royal London, the CQC has now rated 80 per cent of all the service areas inspected as “good” or better. The earlier report had found aspects of critical care to be “outstanding” and rated the site’s dental hospital as “outstanding” in most respects.