County hospital passes quality care inspection

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A hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the privacy, dignity and nutrition of its patients, according to an inspection report.

The recent report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has shown Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington meets all the required standards for patient care.

The report has been published following an inspection in December 2012 by the commision, the UK health and social care regulator.

Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Delivering high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare is an absolute priority for us and we are very proud that services at Wansbeck General Hospital continue to meet all essential standards set by the CQC and, most importantly, to hear some of the very positive feedback from our patients.”

The 2012 Dignity and Nutrition Inspection Programme, however, found that while most older people are having their needs met, a number of hospitals and care homes need to make improvements.

The report found fewer hospitals are respecting people’s privacy and dignity, with 82 per cent meeting people’s needs compared to 88 per cent in 2011.

CQC chief executive David Behan said: “We found good care and care that had improved. However, it is disappointing people are still not being given enough privacy when receiving personal care and that they are left alone when they call for help.”