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CQC carried out a period of listening activity at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in December 2013 and January 2014. The report from that exercise, which informed our inspection in May 2014, is available below.

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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 May 2013
Date of Publication: 18 July 2013
Inspection Report published 18 July 2013 PDF | 156.55 KB

Overview

Inspection carried out on 8 May 2013

During an inspection in response to concerns

The inspection team included an advisor with specialist knowledge of infection control, and five inspectors. During the inspection we spoke with 44 staff, in a range of roles, including matrons, maintenance engineers, healthcare support workers, housekeepers, nursing staff, consultants, doctors, directors, managers and contractors. We also observed care and spoke with 19 patients and visitors. We visited a sample of elderly care and rehabilitation wards, orthopaedic, surgical and maternity wards. We also visited the eye hospital and the children’s hospital site.

On the day of our inspection we found that the hospital was clean and procedures were in place to prevent and control the spread of infections. We spoke with many patients who were generally very positive about the standards of cleanliness. Most commented that they had observed staff wash their hands frequently, and made use of gloves and aprons when necessary. For example one patient told us," It’s definitely clean, the bathrooms area is always clean which is amazing on a maternity ward”.

We found some areas of the hospital where the fabric of the building had become compromised. This presented a continual challenge for staff in their attempts to maintain acceptable levels of cleanliness. The provider had in place appropriate policies that assessed environmental risks and maintained the premises in order to ensure that people’s rights to privacy, dignity, choice, autonomy and safety were protected.