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The Beardwood Hospital

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

Preston New Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 7AE (01254) 507607

Provided and run by:
Circle Health Group Limited

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Background to this inspection

Updated 26 May 2017

The Beardwood Hospital was acquired by BMI in 1995 and provides a range of medical and surgical services. The premises have operated as a hospital since 1957 when it became a private nursing home run by a Christian religious order providing surgical, medical and midwifery services to the local community.

BMI Beardwood hospital primarily serves the communities of Lancashire; however patient referrals from outside this area are accepted. The hospital has two key partnerships with the following providers:

  • The North West Cancer Clinic, delivering outpatient, day case and inpatient cancer care.
  • Computerised tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in partnership with Alliance Medical.

The registered manager, Samantha Sheehan is the executive director and has been in post at Beardwood hospital since 5th August 2011.

The controlled drug Accountable Officer is Samantha Sheehan.

Overall inspection


Updated 26 May 2017

The Beardwood Hospital is operated by BMI Healthcare. We carried out a comprehensive inspection of BMI The Beardwood Hospital on the 5 and 6 October 2016 and an unannounced visit on the 10 October 2016 as part of our national programme to inspect and rate all independent hospitals. We inspected the core services of surgical services and outpatients and diagnostic services as these incorporated the main activities undertaken by the provider, BMI Healthcare Limited, at this location.

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.

The main services provided by this hospital were surgery and outpatients and diagnostics. The hospital also offered a dedicated oncology service for patients undergoing chemotherapy which we have incorporated in the review of the outpatient core service. We did not inspect a private service that operated at this location as this was a service from another provider, Alliance Medical. Where our findings on surgery for example, management arrangements – also apply to other services, we do not repeat the information but cross-refer to the surgical core service.

We rated this hospital as good overall because:

  • There was a strong incident reporting culture within the hospital, however, incidents that occurred were of no or low harm. There was a safety focused culture within the hospital and when incidents did occur they were fully investigated, lessons were cascaded to staff through a variety of means and action plans were implemented to prevent reoccurrence.
  • The hospital provided care and treatment that was in line with national guidelines and recommendations. There was a programme of audit in place to assess hospital compliance with policies and care pathways. Compliance with hospital policies and care pathways was good.
  • Staff at the hospital provided care that was compassionate and caring. We observed staff treating patients with respect and dignity at all times. Patients reported that staff were very caring. The hospital participated in the NHS friends and family questionnaire and 98% of patients responded that they would recommend the hospital to others.
  • The hospital was responsive to the needs of the local population and services were planned with patient needs in mind. Patients had flexibility about when they could attend for appointments and treatment. The hospital provided services to patients in a timely manner.
  • The hospital leadership was effective in disseminating the organisational vision. There were systems in place which articulated a clear vision for services based on the needs of the patient and the provision of clinically effective services. There were robust governance structures in place which ensured that services provided were clinically effective and patient centred. Staff morale at the hospital was high, with staff reporting that they felt well supported to deliver good care to patients.

We found areas of practice that require improvement in surgery.

  • The different incident reporting systems did not always correspond. Surgical site infections were not recorded as clinical incidents, even when they required a root cause analysis, and the number of falls on the quality dashboard did not match those on the incident log. An incident involving a serious injury to a patient did not appear on the incident log.
  • We reviewed five world health organisation (WHO) safety checklists and observed a further two. We found that most steps were undertaken appropriately, but it was not consistently undertaken or embedded.
  • Surgical site infection rates were higher than other independent hospitals.

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.

Details are at the end of the report.

Ellen Armistead

Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals

Outpatients and diagnostic imaging


Updated 26 May 2017

Overall, we rated out-patients and diagnostics services as good. Out patients and diagnostics comprised of a significant amount of hospital activity. In addition we inspected oncology services, including a four bed day care unit and included our findings in this section.

Where our findings on out-patients and diagnostics also apply to other services, we do not repeat the information but cross-refer to the surgery section.

We rated this service as good because it was safe, caring, responsive and well-led. We did not rate the service for being effective. 



Updated 26 May 2017

Surgery was the main activity of the hospital. Where our findings on surgery also apply to other services, we do not repeat the information but cross-refer to the surgery section.

We rated this service as good overall. The service was good in effective, caring, responsive and well-led, although it required improvement for being safe.