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Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital Good


Inspection carried out on 20 and 21 September 2016, 20 January 2017

During a routine inspection

Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital is an independent hospital based in Leicester and part of the Nuffield Health corporate group. The hospital has 38 beds all single rooms with en-suite facilities. Facilities include two operating theatres, X-ray, outpatient and diagnostic facilities.

The Nuffield Health Leicester provides surgery, services for children and young people, and outpatients and diagnostic imaging. This service is for NHS, self- funded and insured patients. We inspected surgery, outpatients and diagnostic facilities and services for children and young people.

Children’s facilities at the hospital include dedicated ward and play areas, pram park facilities and designated parent and child car parking. A consultant paediatrician and lead paediatric nurse lead the children’s service. A nurse adviser for children also supports the children’s service whose remit covers children’s services within the Nuffield group of hospitals.

We inspected this service using our comprehensive inspection methodology. We carried out the announced part of the inspection on 20th and 21st September 2016, along with an unannounced visit to the hospital on 29th September 2016 and 20th January 2017.

To get to the heart of patients’ experiences of care and treatment, we ask the same five questions of all services: are they safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs, and well-led? Where we have a legal duty to do so we rate services’ performance against each key question as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

Throughout the inspection, we took account of what people told us and how the provider understood and complied with the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Services we rate

We rated this hospital/service as good overall.

We saw some areas of good practice including:

  • Patients were protected from avoidable harm and abuse.

  • There was a good incident reporting culture throughout the hospital.

  • Staff were supported to be open and transparent and they understood and fulfilled their responsibilities to raise concerns and report incidents and near misses.

  • The service was responsive to inspection findings and provided ‘This is me’ and ‘hospital passports’ to support people living with dementia and learning disabilities.

  • Emergency equipment checking was up to date in all areas.

  • Staff had good access to online and extended training.

  • Managers were supportive and visible.

  • A family atmosphere was apparent throughout the service.

We found good practice in relation to outpatient care:

  • The staff treated patients with dignity and respect and maintained confidentiality.

  • Attempts were made to tailor appointment times to suit patient needs.

  • Notes were stored confidentially throughout appointments.

We found areas of good practice in surgery:

  • Staff addressed concerns over fasting times by developing an aide memoir system for patients.

  • Equipment was checked and ready for use at all times.

  • Evidence based risk assessments were performed throughout surgery.

  • Staff were flexible and where possible adapted care to the individual’s needs.

We found areas of good practice in children’s and young person’s services:

  • Efforts were made to tailor care to the individual child’s needs.

  • The needs of children, young people and families were considered throughout their care.

  • Staff were suitably trained to care for the needs of the children.

  • Auditing was used to inform practice.

  • Practice emergency training was performed to simulate potential emergency situations.

  • Children and young people received kind compassionate care.

However, we also found the following issues that the service provider needs to improve:

  • The sepsis policy was not up to date and iLeaflets were not routinely available in languages other than English.

  • There were gaps in mandatory training due to sickness.

  • Following this inspection, we told the provider that it should make other improvements, even though a regulation had not been breached, to help the service improve.

Ellen Armistead.

Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals

Inspection carried out on 27 January 2014

During a routine inspection

We spoke with nine patients and three relatives of patients during our visit. All spoke highly of the hospital and the treatment they received. All told us that the staff were caring, polite and treated them with respect. One relative described the hospital as “first class” and praised the “attention to detail”.

People told us that they had an appointment with their consultant prior to receiving treatment where their consultant explained their treatment options and the risks and benefits of the procedure.

People told us that staff responded promptly when they used their call bells. We spoke with one patient who told us that they needed to use their call bell regularly following their surgery. They explained that “the staff came promptly and with a smile each time and made sure I was comfortable. A very personal service.”

People told us that after their treatment they were given adequate pain relieve to ensure they were comfortable. They told us that they were given advice about aftercare and details of how to contact the hospital if they had concerns following their discharge.

We saw that a quarterly audit was carried out which included auditing patient records, safety, compliance with relevant national guidance and the environment. We saw that an action plan was compiled to ensure that any actions needed were completed. We also found that regular audits were carried out to ensure that the hospital followed good infection control and was clean and hygienic.

Inspection carried out on 20 February 2013

During a routine inspection

We spoke with three people who used the service. They told us they were satisfied with the care, treatment and support they received. One person told us "the nurses are fantastic". Another said "the staff were genuinely interested in how I was feeling, everyone had been fantastic”.

People who used the service were well informed and able to make decisions about their care, treatment and support. All staff spoken with were knowledgable, motivated and passionate about their roles. .

Inspection carried out on 20 March 2012

During a themed inspection looking at Termination of Pregnancy Services

We did not speak to people who used this service as part of this review. We looked at a random sample of medical records. This was to check that current practice ensured that no treatment for the termination of pregnancy was commenced unless two certificated opinions from doctors had been obtained.

Inspection carried out on 27 October 2011

During a routine inspection

We spoke with three people using the service. All three were satisfied with the service they had received. They told us they had been treated with dignity and respect One person said, “They treat you as a person. Very professional. Your integrity is intact.”

People we spoke with said they had been given opportunities to be involved in decisions about their care. One told us, “You feel that you’re making the decision yourself.”