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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 2 October 2013
Date of Publication: 8 November 2013
Inspection Report published 08 November 2013 PDF

Overview

Inspection carried out on 2 October 2013

During an inspection looking at part of the service

Salisbury District Hospital is the main location for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. We visited the hospital to review improvements the Trust told us it had made to staffing levels and information governance. On our previous inspection in February 2013, we found staffing levels across the hospital were not always at levels to safely meet the needs of patients. We also found there were a number of occasions on wards in the hospital where we found patient records left unattended.

The Trust sent us a series of action plans to outline how it was going to improve in both of these areas. We went back to the hospital to check on progress, and also to ask patients and staff about their experiences of the service. All the patients we spoke to told us they found the staff caring and professional. They told us the wards were busy, but staff would answer the call bells and deal with any queries promptly.

We found the Trust had made sufficient progress to improve the staffing levels and skill mix. This included recruiting additional staff and reviewing the workforce plans on an annual basis. We also found the Trust had also put in place effective measures to prevent confidential patient information being left in areas accessible to the general public.