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Salisbury District Hospital Good

We are carrying out a review of quality at Salisbury District Hospital. We will publish a report when our review is complete. Find out more about our inspection reports.
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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18, 19, 20, 21 February 2013
Date of Publication: 23 March 2013
Inspection Report published 23 March 2013 PDF


Inspection carried out on 18, 19, 20, 21 February 2013

During a routine inspection

We found Salisbury District Hospital staff open and honest in telling us their views and sharing information with us. Patients spoke well of staff and found them capable, kind and approachable. Our professional advisor found the operating theatres well organised and well run. Staff here and in other parts of the hospital were professional and friendly in their interactions with patients and colleagues and appeared fully committed to their roles and responsibilities.

One older patient told us: "no one likes staying in hospital, but the time comes when we might end up here. I've been very fortunate. It's the best conditions and food that anyone could wish for. The staff are most helpful and pleasant."

We found patients we met were treated with privacy, dignity and respect. Their care and treatment needs were assessed and being met. Patients were receiving care and attention to make sure they had enough to eat and drink. The hospital was clean and had systems to prevent or control the spread of infection. Staff understood the principles of infection control. We found the hospital had a good system of governance, although incident reporting and data about staff needed strengthening.

We were concerned the hospital did not have sufficient experienced, qualified and skilled staff to meet people's needs effectively at all times. We also found paper-based confidential patient information was not protected effectively on some wards.