The findings of inspections into the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have been made public. The unannounced inspections were carried out in July.
An inspection of the A and E ward at the Cumberland Infirmary has raised concerns about cleanliness and infection control, equipment suitability and staff support.
Staff from the Care Quality Commission inspected the ward at 6am on 12th June 2012 and reported minor concerns about:
- The storing of clinical waste bags
- Dirty laundry bags
- Black general refuse bags in a dirty utility room
- High level dusting hadn't been carried out in cubicles in the unit
- Some furniture required steam cleaning.
- Incomplete training records for staff.
They also reported minor concerns about a shortage of some equipment including pressure mattresses, which they noted was resolved. One inspector found a plug socket was broken with the wires exposed and this was brought to the attention of the ward manager who withdrew it from service.
The Cumberland Infirmary was found to be meeting standards in all other areas and practises have now been introduced in the problems areas highlighted. Chris Platton, the Director of Nursing and Quality was keen to point out that none of the issues raised affected patient care.
Estephanie Dunn from the Royal College of Nursing spoke to ITV Border's reporter Hannah Lomas, she explained their concerns and their response to the findings of the report.
In a statement the Care Quality Commission said:
At the West Cumberland Hospital inspectors found that the Trust was meeting all six of the essential standards which were reviewed.
The Trust have been told where they must make improvements and CQC will be monitoring the actions taken by the Trust to ensure that the necessary improvements are made.
Inspectors will revisit the Cumberland Infirmary at a future date without giving any notice to check that the required improvements have been made.