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Chesterfield Royal Hospital Requires improvement

We are carrying out a review of quality at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.
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Date of Inspection: 8 August 2013
Date of Publication: 24 August 2013
Inspection Report published 24 August 2013 PDF


Inspection carried out on 8 August 2013

During an inspection looking at part of the service

We visited three wards in the hospital and spoke with people using the service and visitors on each ward. We spoke with the matrons for the three wards and also with nurses, health care assistants, doctors, a dietitian, catering and domestic staff. We found that the provider had made changes since our last inspection to protect people using the service from the risks of inadequate nutrition.

People we spoke with were satisfied with the choice, quality and quantity of the food provided. One person told us, �You get a choice of food for every meal and there�s always something I like.� We found that the menus had been expanded to provide more choice and variety.

We found that new guidance and procedures had been introduced throughout the hospital to ensure that people had the right support to eat and drink. We saw that the guidance and procedures were followed in practice on the wards we visited. One person told us, �There�s always a nurse around at mealtimes�, and we observed staff providing unhurried and sensitive help to people who needed it. Staff we spoke with felt that the new procedures made mealtimes better organised and ensured people�s nutritional needs were met.

We saw that each ward now had a designated Nutrition Champion, a qualified nurse with responsibility for ensuring that people�s nutritional and hydration needs were met. Staff we spoke with felt the Nutrition Champions had made a positive difference to the experience of people using the service.