West Herts Hospitals Trust has been given an improved rating by health inspectors - except at Hemel Hempstead Hospital.
The trust, which runs Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans hospitals, was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in September.
Inspectors gave Watford, St Albans, and the trust as a whole, an improved rating, as all three went from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Requires Improvement’.
But Hemel is still rated as Inadequate - the worst possible rating.
Chief executive Katie Fisher gave the report a cautious welcome.
She said: “We welcome the report which reflects the sustained improvements we have made and continue to make.
“I hope that people from Dacorum who have been treated in our main hospital in Watford have noticed our efforts. For those whose care is closer to home at Hemel Hemsptead Hospital, we know the shift in the overall rating for the site may be disappointing.
“However, I am confident that our plans for Simpson Ward, which is our only ward on the site, will result in a better patient experience.
“I would like to congratulate staff at Hemel for achieving a ‘good’ for outpatients and diagnostics and also pass on my thanks to staff in areas where we took immediate action to address issues raised by the inspectors.”
The rating for Hemel Hospital was also split into different areas.
The Medical Centre was rated as ‘Inadequate’ and the Urgent Care Centre ‘Requires Improvement’. Only Outpatients and diagnostic imaging was rated ‘Good’.
Trust chairman Professor Steve Barnett said: “The inspection in September was just one step in our journey to raise our standards higher
still. Nearly seven months have passed and if the CQC visited us now, I’m confident they
would see many more improvements resulting in an even better set of ratings.”