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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 March 2011
Date of Publication: 19 August 2011
Inspection Report published 19 August 2011 PDF

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People should be cared for in safe and accessible surroundings that support their health and welfare (outcome 10)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their wellbeing.

How this check was done

Our judgement

Patients and others who access The Cassel Hospital are protected from environmental risks through the trust’s maintenance and security measures.

User experience

Patients said they were happy with the building and grounds. They said they shared rooms and were made aware of this before they were admitted. Bedrooms and bathing and toilet facilities were designated single sex.

Patients had personalised their shared rooms and there was enough space for comfortable chairs to be placed within the bed space.

Children share accommodation with their mother in the Family Unit.

Other evidence

The trust has clear policies and processes in place for maintenance, security, risk management and health and safety relating to the premises. The Cassel Hospital is a listed building which has been extensively modernised particularly in the Family Unit. The hospital received a poor rating for the environment in the 2010 PEAT assessment.

All areas visited in the hospital were clean and free from odours. Generally the fabric of the building was adequately maintained although the décor in some of the community rooms was showing signs of wear. We did note areas of tape on the floor in one of the communal meeting rooms where the flooring was worn. This was under a games table and posed no risk to patients.

The trust has signed and published a declaration to confirm same sex accommodation is provided and we saw that bedrooms were arranged to ensure single sex accommodation was provided.