Cumberland Infirmary concerns

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.

In all other areas standards were met and practises have been introduced in the problems areas highlighted. The CQC's inspection of the West Cumberland Infirmary and found the Trust was meeting all six of the essential standards reviewed. The Director of Nursing and Quality told ITV Border:

"I'm both pleased and disappointed, I'm pleased with the staff that they were a credit to the organisation. Of the 100% of patients interviewed in private said they were all satisfied with the care they received. I am disappointed with the minor concerns but what is a really key message is that none of those concerns directly affected patient care."

– Chris Platton, Director of Nursing and Quality

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Care Quality Commission report

The findings of inspections into the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven have been made public. The inspections were carried out last month.