Clean bill of health for hospital

A NORFOLK hospital received a clean bill of health after an unannounced visit by the Care Quality Commission to check on its procedures for preventing and controlling infections.

A NORFOLK hospital received a clean bill of health after an unannounced visit by the Care Quality Commission to check on its procedures for preventing and controlling infections.

Officials from the agency assessed Gorleston's James Paget University Hospital against nine measures of how well it protects patients, workers and others and found no areas of concern.

Commission spokesman Debbie Mead said: “Our visit was unannounced so we could see the hospital as a patient or visitor would. I'm pleased to say that the trust had systems for infection prevention and control in place and we did not identify a need for improvement. We encourage staff at the trust to maintain this vigilance.”

Nick Coveney, director of nursing and patient services at the JPH, said: “The trust was pleased to welcome the team from the Care Quality Commission when they visited last month. I escorted them to the areas in the trust that they wished to visit and the Commission's judgement confirms the continuous improvement made here in reducing infections.

“Infection prevention and control is a top priority for this trust and 2008/09 was our best performance yet in reducing hospital acquired infections. Our staff are to be congratulated for their commitment in making this happen.”

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