• Hospital
  • Independent hospital

Your Baby Scan Ltd

Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

142 Birchfield Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 9ED (0151) 558 0118

Provided and run by:
Your Baby Scan Ltd

All Inspections

08 September 2021

During a routine inspection

Our rating of this location improved. We rated it as good because:

The service had enough staff to care for women and keep them safe. Staff had training in key skills, understood how to protect women from abuse, and managed safety well. The service controlled infection risk well. Staff assessed risks to women, acted on them and kept good care records. The service managed safety incidents well and learned lessons from them.

Staff provided good care and treatment. The registered manager monitored the effectiveness of the service and made sure staff were competent. Staff worked well together for the benefit of women, advised them on how to lead healthier lives, supported them to make decisions about their care, and had access to good information.

Staff treated women with compassion and kindness, respected their privacy and dignity, took account of their individual needs, and helped them understand their conditions. They provided emotional support to women, families, and carers.

The service planned care to meet the needs of local people, took account of women’s individual needs, and made it easy for people to give feedback. People could access the service when they needed it and did not have to wait too long for their results.

The registered manager ran services well using reliable information systems and supported staff to develop their skills. The service had implemented a vision for what it wanted to achieve and a strategy to turn it into action. Staff felt respected, supported, and valued. They were focused on the needs of women receiving care. Staff were clear about their roles and accountabilities. The service engaged well with women to plan and manage services and all staff were committed to improving services continually.

12 April 2021

During a routine inspection

We rated it as inadequate because:

  • We found that overall mandatory training compliance was low. It was unclear if the correct level of safeguarding training was provided to staff and staff did not always know how to recognise and report potential abuse. The service did not have effective control measures in place to protect women from infection and we found that the clinic was not always clean. We did not see evidence of equipment servicing, calibration and electrical safety checks. The service did not have policy for managing emergency situations and staff were not always aware of how they should respond if a woman became seriously unwell. The service did not have an inclusion/exclusion criteria or policy for rescan timeframes for staff to follow. Staff were not provided with incident reporting training and there was no policy for incident reporting.
  • We found out of date guidance on the service intranet which could mean that staff might not have been practicing in accordance with the most up to date best practice guidance. Policies were created and reviewed without any clinical input. Outcomes and performance data were not monitored and shared with staff to measure performance and allow for improvement. The service had no induction policy and no process for checking that staff were competent for their roles. Staff did not receive training in consent to care and treatment or the Mental Capacity Act. There was no consent policy or audit of consent processes. There was also no policy for supporting women who were experiencing anxiety or mental health crisis.
  • Screens and towels provided to women to maintain privacy and dignity were not fit for purpose. Women were unable to speak to reception staff without being overheard by other service users. Staff were provided with limited resources for signposting women who needed further care or support.
  • The service did not always identify individual needs of women using the service and were not always able to support those women. They were no facilities available to meet the needs of service users with hearing or sight problems. Staff we spoke with were not aware that they were able to access information for those whose first language was not English. The service did not have a policy for meeting the needs of those with mental health problems or learning disabilities. The person responsible for managing and investigating complaints was not adequately trained.
  • It was not clear if leaders had the skills and abilities to run the service, and they were not always aware of challenges to the quality and sustainability of the service. Staff we spoke with were not always aware of their responsibilities. The manager had no formal vision or strategy for the service. The service did not have effective recruitment processes in place to ensure that staff were competent, skilled, experienced, held a current professional registration and had the right to work. Risk assessments were not fit for purpose and not all identified mitigating actions had been completed. The service did not always keep staff safe; there was no lone working policy, no policy for the management of aggressive service users and staff had not been asked to complete individual COVID-19 risk assessments. The service did not have processes in place to effectively monitor infection control processes or equipment safety. There was no policy for the storage of scans and records and women were not informed of this in the service terms and conditions. Staff were not required to complete quality improvement training and were not provided with data to enable them to make changes or improvements to their practice.


  • The service had enough staff to care for women.
  • Staff treated women with kindness and compassion.
  • The service made it easy for women to give feedback.
  • Staff felt respected, supported and valued.