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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 December 2012
Date of Publication: 25 December 2012
Inspection Report published 25 December 2012 PDF | 77.41 KB


Inspection carried out on 10 December 2012

During an inspection to make sure that the improvements required had been made

During this inspection on the 10 December 2012 we visited three wards and spoke with several staff who were working on these wards. We visited two operating theatres and although we did not speak with people who were receiving care and treatment, we spoke with nursing staff, surgeons and consultants involved in the surgical procedures that were being undertaken during our inspection.

We found clear evidence of an improvement in the application of the World Health Organisation (WHO) checklist within operating theatres. We found staff were enthusiastic and focussed on maintaining people’s safety through the improved use of the WHO checklist. We found significant improvements in the completion and retention of specific surgical safety records relating to the individual responsibilities, which has led to greater safety for people and improved quality assurance.

Safeguarding arrangements for children and for vulnerable adults were inspected on the three wards that we visited and found to be fit for purpose. We found that staff knowledge about safeguarding was robust on the children’s ward we visited and that appropriate safeguarding arrangements were in place on older people’s wards.

The initiation of an extended and improved system of safety checks at each stage of the WHO checklist had ensured better safety for people in operating theatres. Quality assurance monitoring and auditing processes showed that continuous improvements in theatre safety had been achieved.