STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has given a cautious welcome to the publication of a new report into Tameside Hospital.
Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission highlighted some concerns relating to care and welfare at Tameside Hospital.
Today – following further checks and an inspection – the commission has published a further report.
The latest report finds that overall the quality and safety of the care, treatment and support given to patients is better than it had been during their previous site visit, in March 2010.
It finds Tameside NHS Foundation Trust has made the necessary improvements to staffing levels and to the co-ordination of staffing rosters it had identified.
But the commission also says that the Trust needs to continue to improve in a number of other areas.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has given a cautious welcome to the findings of the Care Quality Commission, published today (Tuesday June 29, 2010).
He said: “Residents should have the confidence that when they need to access health services in Tameside they will receive the highest levels of care and attention.
“But clearly in recent times that has not always been the case for all patients who have been treated at Tameside Hospital.
“There have been concerns about the relatively high mortality rates at Tameside Hospital. And earlier this year the Care Quality Commission raised some issues about the care and welfare at the hospital.
“I am heartened by today’s report by the Care Quality Commission, which indicates that improvements have been made at the hospital.
“However the CQC still has concerns about some aspects of care and their report stresses the need for further improvements to quality and safety.
“I and my fellow Tameside MPs are determined that the hospital continues to improve; and that the pace of improvement isn’t allowed to slow.
“It is clear the hospital still has some way to go if it is to secure the trust of the community it serves. And we will continue to push for any changes that are necessary.”
In drawing up their report the CQC requested documentary evidence from the Trust and made an unannounced visit to the hospital.
During the visit, on June 16, inspectors visited four adult wards, talked to patients, visitors and staff and examined the care provided to a sample of 11 patients.
They found that since their earlier inspection, in March, the quality of safety of care, treatment and support for patients had improved.
Sue McMillan, regional director of the CQC in the North West, said: “We arrived at the hospital unannounced so we could see the wards as patients do.
“We noted significant improvements to the quality and safety of care since our last inspection in March. No doubt a great deal of this has been due to the increase in nurses on the wards and the support provided to staff.
“Patients were broadly supportive about their care and we received very few negative comments from patients, visitors or staff. However we did identify some instances in which care was not to the standard it should have been.
“While we have removed he conditions from the trust’s licence, we expect to see continuing improvements in staffing, making sure patients get the right nutrition, discharging patients at the right time and ensuring that records are accurate and up-to-date. The trust has committed to making these improvements and we will monitor progress. “We would like to thank the patients, visitors and staff who provided us with vital evidence during our visit.”
In their latest publication the CQC find improvements in the quality of safety and care, treatment and support for patients.
The trust has committed to employing an additional 54 full-time staff, most of which have been recruited and are staring work in June and July.
- There was a permanent team of suitably skilled nurses on each of the wards visited that does not rely on external or agency nursing staff;
- Patients interviewed were mostly positive about their care and said staff were available to assist when necessary;
- The wards inspected were clean and well organised;
- No patients on the wards were sharing accommodation with the opposite sex; recently recruited staff said they had received induction training, had been appointed a mentor and were receiving support from the ward manager.
Published on June 29, 2010