Health watchdog blasts hospital

Wigan Infirmary
Wigan Infirmary

BRITAIN’S health watchdog has demanded improvements in patient care and the medicine administration at Wigan Infirmary following their latest inspections.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspect hospitals at least once a year and Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) who run all hospital sites in the borough, confirmed that an inspection in November 2012 “did identify moderate concerns about patient care on one of the wards inspected.”

The CQC went on to raise concerns covered elements of patient care relating to privacy and dignity, medicines administration of patients own prescriptions brought into hospital from home and processes to ensure full compliance with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance.

However, following a subsequent inspection in April this year, the CQC found a further issue in relation to management of medicines where there were examples of practice observed where medicines were not being safely prescribed and administered in accordance with Trust policy.

WWL say that they are doing everything they can to address the matters raised by the CQC and said that “the CQC judged that these would have a minor impact on people who use our services.”

Pauline Jones, director of nursing said: “We have taken swift action to address this latest issue identified by the CQC during their visit in April. We are confident that the actions we have already and are continuing to take will reassure the CQC that the issue is being addressed for the benefit of our patients.”

The CQC carry out unannounced inspections on hospitals as well as care homes, people’s own homes, dental and general practices.