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The local authority has identified this service as suitable to care for people discharged from hospital with a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result. We have checked it meets the infection prevention and control standards we expect. Find out more about these checks

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Inspection Summary


Overall summary & rating

Good

Updated 29 January 2021

Priory House had been identified as a designated service to admit people with a COVID 19 positive result. Some of the service had previously been inspected as a designated service and this inspection focused on adding a further six beds to make it a 12 bedded unit in total. This would be separate from the main service with separate facilities and staff.

We found the following examples of good practice:

The registered manager had followed government and Department of Health guidelines to set up a standalone unit within an established service.

Appropriate alterations had been made to the service to mitigate risk and keep people safe. The registered manager had implemented protocols to ensure infection control procedures were followed by staff.

Staff had received additional training in infection prevention control, COVID-19 and the correct use of PPE. A dedicated team of staff had been identified to work solely on the unit and sufficient measures were in place to support, train and oversee agency staff members working on the unit. There was a Clinical Lead at the service who offered additional training and support to staff and worked alongside them to share best practice. Staff had been provided with facilities to safely work and rest whilst maintaining social distance.

The registered manager had formed good working relationships with other health professionals and the local hospital staff to support people with a person-centred pathway to be admitted to the service.

During people’s stay, their well-being was supported with access to their own television and radio and the facility to video call relatives.

We were assured that this service met good infection prevention and control guidelines as a designated care setting.

Further information is in the detailed findings below.

Inspection areas

Safe

Good

Updated 29 January 2021

The service was safely implementing infection prevention control procedures.

Effective

Good

Updated 29 January 2021

Caring

Good

Updated 29 January 2021

Responsive

Good

Updated 29 January 2021

Well-led

Good

Updated 29 January 2021