Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust today (Fri) welcomed the results of a spot check by Healthcare Commission inspectors, which showed that it was meeting national standards for reducing the risk of infection to patients.
The Trust is in the second group of hospitals to be inspected in 2008. Of the 51 English trusts in the first round of inspections, only five passed with no breaches, which puts Northern Devon in the top 10% nationwide.
The inspection team visited North Devon District Hospital and the community hospitals at Bideford and Holsworthy in October. No warning of their arrival was given.
The results were posted today on the Healthcare Commission website. They highlight findings on four key ‘duties’:
Senior Nurse Julia Williamson, who escorted the inspection team around NDDH, Bideford and Holsworthy, said: “The inspection team spent over an hour in each clinical area and scrutinised what they saw. They asked lots of questions and inspected every storage room, treatment area, sluice and ward for cleanliness.
“I was really proud that we performed so well and that actions the Healthcare Commission identified were either put right on the spot, or rectified by the next day when the HCC team came to check again.”
Trust Chief Executive Jac Kelly said: “The inspectors came in and saw the reality of life in busy hospitals – and went away happy that we were meeting all the standards for minimizing the risks of infection for patients. Not many hospitals have managed that, so it’s a huge tribute to staff who are putting safety first for the vulnerable people they look after.”