RUH waits on key report

Wiltshire Times: The Royal United Hospital, Bath The Royal United Hospital, Bath

The report of an inspection at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, will be published at the beginning of February.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited in December and let patients and public speak of concerns.

The RUH was inspected under the CQC’s new tough regime with the inspection team having about 30 people.

RUH bosses were due to get the draft report today and can give feedback before the final report comes out in early February.

Despite the tougher regime, the RUH will not yet receive a rating.

Ratings, to range from outstanding to inadequate, will start at future inspections.

The RUH inspection last June found the hospital was not meeting standards of respecting and involving patients, care and welfare of patients, safeguarding patients and assessing service provision.

Great Western Hospital, meanwhile, has been told that a damning inspection report is a “wake up call”.

The report was published in December after the CQC visited unannounced.

The CQC said the hospital did not meet standards of cleanliness and infection control, staffing and assessing the quality of service.

It did meet the standard of care and welfare of patients.

The CQC said GWH did not have enough nurses and found cleanliness on wards to be “unacceptable” with overflowing waste bins and dust under patient beds.

GWH’s chief nurse, Hilary Walker, updated Wiltshire Council’s Health Select Committee on Tuesday.

Committee vice-chairman John Noeken said: “I’m glad I wasn’t on the M4 in October and had a serious accident because of all the talk of cleanliness and infection. There is a little catalogue of woe there. This (report) is a wake up call.”

Ms Walker said the hospital had identified that it needed to recruit more nurses and had taken on 80 extra registered nurses in the last 10 months.

She said another 40 nurses will be recruited and they were talking to cleaning contractors Carillion about improvements. An inhouse housekeeping team will also clean medical equipment.

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