A HEALTHCARE watchdog making its second trip to Stafford in nine months has given a clean bill of health to Stafford Hospital.
Following recent unannounced inspections, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has confirmed it ‘continues to have no concerns around Stafford Hospital’.
Chief executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Lyn Hill-Tout, said: “We are delighted to have confirmation from the CQC that we continue to meet all of the standards they expect.
“All credit goes to our staff who have worked hard to make these improvements; in the light of this week’s announcement by Monitor, this should help staff morale,” she said.
“These past few weeks have been particularly difficult for our staff and the local community.
“It is therefore especially pleasing that despite these difficulties, staff continue to achieve these high standards.
“We are not complacent, we know that we still don’t get it right every time for every patient but this report is confirmation that we are definitely well on the way.”
A CQC team, including members of the local Primary Care Trust and the Director of Nursing from another trust visited Stafford Hospital unannounced on February 1,4, and 5 during which time they spoke to staff and patients to evaluate the hospital trust against a number of standards.
These standards include respect and involving people who use services, care and welfare of people who use services, safeguarding people who use services from abuse, complaints and supporting workers.
The inspection team visited Wards two and ten, the acute medical unit, the acute stroke unit, Shugborough children’s ward, the trauma and orthopaedic department and A&E.