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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8, 9 January 2013
Date of Publication: 9 February 2013
Inspection Report published 9 February 2013 PDF

Overview

Inspection carried out on 8, 9 January 2013

During a routine inspection

We visited all of the paediatric and maternity wards during our two day inspection. This included two children�s wards, antenatal, postnatal, labour, maternity triage and the special care baby unit. Comments from patients included: �The nurses explain what is happening, and get my consent for all the treatments.� Another person told us, �The doctors and the nurses take time to explain everything. Nothing is too much trouble.� We observed staff treating people with respect, being polite and courteous.

We spoke with over 18 members of staff, ward sisters, two registrars and members of the executive board. Staff told us patients received good, safe care and that they were committed to providing an excellent service. All the people we spoke with were positive about their care and experiences at the hospital. We looked at medical records and found that, overall, records were well kept.

Overall the premises were found to be fit for purpose; however the children�s ward areas were found to be showing signs of wear and tear and might benefit from some modernisation. At no point during our visit to the wards were mixed gender bays found. The staffing levels on the wards we visited were adequate.

We looked at medical records and found that overall records were well kept. We also looked at the governance arrangements in place across the whole of the Trust and found that systems were in place for monitoring and assessing the quality of the service provided.