Royal Bolton Hospital is improving staffing and cleanliness, inspection finds
THE Royal Bolton Hospital has stepped up its action to improve staffing and cleanliness control, according to health watchdogs.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an on-the-spot inspection at the end of April in response to concerns standards were not being met.
While the report acknowledged the hospital was in the process of improving standards, it failed three out of five of the measures.
According to the report, patients were not always protected from the risk of infection because guidance had not been followed.
In a follow-up inspection, the CQC says the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has met all three previously failed measures.
In a summary on the inspection, carried out on September 9, the CQC said: ”We observed the general environment on the wards and departments visited was clean and well organised. Public corridor areas were free from clutter and were clean.”
Staffing levels and patient risk assessment measures have also been stepped up.
The report added: “The trust had, since the last inspection, committed to invest in a significant increase in nursing and support staff, with a view to reducing the use of bank staff and was on track to fill vacant posts.
“We found the trust had improved systems to identify, assess and manage the risks to the health and safety and welfare of the patients using the service.”
Staff’s attitude to infection control had also improved.
The report said: “When we spoke with staff it was clear that infection control and prevention was high on everyone’s agenda. Awareness had been raised and when we spoke with staff we were told, ‘Infection control is everyone's responsibility’, ‘I have no problem asking visitors to wash their hands’, ‘I think we are all putting infection control first now in everything we do’.”
The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s director of nursing, Trish Armstrong-Child, welcomed the results, adding: “I’m very pleased that the hard work staff have put in is now really showing results. The comments from our patients and the inspectors were very positive indeed. We know we’ve more to do but this is great news.”
Jack Firth, chairman of Bolton watchdog Healthwatch, said: “I think it’s clear that the trust are doing what they have to do to control infection. As long as they continue to do that, we at Healthwatch are satisfied the quality of care will remain high.”
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