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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 21 February 2014
Date of Publication: 21 March 2014
Inspection Report published 21 March 2014 PDF | 84.1 KB


Inspection carried out on 21 February 2014

During a routine inspection

There were no patients available to talk with us on the day of our inspection. We reviewed the patient satisfaction audit for 2013 and found that the majority of patients were happy with the care and service they received at the hospital. There were some negative comments which were mainly about the presentation of the building and grounds. The hospital was a converted manor house and was no longer totally fit for purpose. There has been a lack of investment into the structure and appearance of the building. During this inspection we were shown the current plans for the refurbishment of the hospital, the relocation and design of the operating theatre suite and patient bedrooms. However we found that the interior of the building was clean and all rooms were used for consultations or treatments as appropriate.

We were told that the hospital used the standardised NHS consent form if a patient was required to give consent. Consent would be sought from them when they were admitted to their hospital of choice for the actual treatment. All care to patients in the hospital was managed under the leadership of a consultant.

We saw evidence that safety precautions were in place and tested with regard to all specialist equipment and engineering systems within the premises. We reviewed the recruitment procedures undertaken by the hospital. We saw that there were robust recruitment policies and procedures in place for the ongoing recruitment of staff. All trained nurses, health professionals and consultants had to be registered with their own professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the General Medical Council. The hospital had clear procedures that were followed in practice that ensured personalised records were kept for each patient who used the service.