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Kidderminster Hospital meeting five essential CQC standards
6:40am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
KIDDERMINSTER Hospital’s chief nursing officer said she is “absolutely delighted” that the hospital is meeting all five essential Government standards according to the latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The clean bill of health was given to the hospital after the CQC revisited last month to check staff were meeting one part of one of the standards it failed to last year.
In July 2012, the CQC found a number of issues relating to the way patient records were completed such as patient heights being estimated and that patients did not always receive a nutrition assessment.
Last year’s report also found that mental capacity assessments for patients had not always been recorded for people who required them.
The CQC has now confirmed in its latest report that the hospital is meeting the standard that personal records, including medical records, are accurate, fit for purpose, held securely and remain confidential.
Celina Eves, interim chief nursing officer, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s lovely for the staff., they work so hard.
“When the CQC come in and find that things aren’t quite right, it’s about honing in on those things. It was particularly regarding our record keeping and additional staff training.
“In July last year, they found that some of our patients didn’t receive a nutrition assessment but that has changed now. Ninety-eight per cent of all our patients were nutritionally accessed and 100 per cent of patients on the ward were. Everybody was getting it right.
“Sometimes we weren’t measuring patient’s height but we’re doing that now too.
“Dementia within our elderly population is becoming more apparent so we also did further training in this area.”
Senior nurses are also doing their own mock CQC visits to ensure standards are maintained.
The five essential Government standards are treating people with respect and involving them in their care, providing care, treatment and support that meets people’s needs, caring for people safely and protecting them from harm, staffing and quality and sustainability of management.
Chief executive Penny Venables said: “I am delighted that Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre is meeting all five essential standards.
“I would like to thank all the staff in Kidderminster for their hard work and determination to ensure the highest levels of care for all our patients.”
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