You are here

Adult Social Care Discharge Suite, Castle Hill Hospital (NHS)

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

Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating

Updated 10 November 2020

Adult Social Care Discharge Suite, Castle Hill Hospital (NHS) is a residential care service within the grounds of Castle Hill Hospital. The service supports up to 22 people who no longer need to be in an acute health care setting and who need a little longer to recuperate or, are awaiting a package of care to return to their own home or awaiting admission to a care home. We inspected the whole unit that could to be used to admit people who had a Covid-19 positive test result. There were 17 people living on the unit at the time of our inspection.

We found the following examples of good practice.

¿ Systems in place allowed people to be admitted to the home safely. Clear visual markings around the service promoted social distancing and identified the separate areas to prevent cross infection.

¿ People isolating in the service had their own dedicated staff who provided a support bubble to support all their needs, including their meals and social support.

¿ National guidance was followed on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). There was clear signage on the correct use of PPE and stations were in place to ensure staff had access to PPE in a safe area.

¿ None touch hand washing facilities were throughout the service. Handwashing techniques were displayed around the service. Checks on staff handwashing were completed by the infection control lead and staff had received appropriate infection control and prevention training.

¿ The environment was very clean. Additional cleaning was taking place including of frequently touched surfaces.

¿ There were detailed risk assessments to manage and minimise the risks Covid-19 presented to people who used the service, staff and visitors.

¿ Staff had been consulted with about their specific risks or concerns. Each staff member had a detailed risk assessment and health risk assessment in place.

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


Updated 10 November 2020

No ratings were awarded following this inspection. This was a thematic review seeking to identify examples of good practice in infection prevention and control.


Updated 10 November 2020


Updated 10 November 2020


Updated 10 November 2020


Updated 10 November 2020