Infirmary rated as ‘good’ after inspection

Leigh Infirmary has been rated as good by the Care Quality Commission

Leigh Infirmary has been rated as good by the Care Quality Commission

A hospital has been praised for its kind and compassionate staff and pioneering engagement programme following a recent inspection.

Leigh Infirmary received a ‘good’ rating overall and for 90 per cent of its services after being visited in December by health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of a wider inspection of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

While the infirmary received praise for the majority of its services, concerns were raised about the storage of clean equipment and clinical waste on the Taylor ward, meaning it was rated as ‘requires improvement’ for safety for its medical care.

The report reads: “Clean equipment was stored in an unsecure sluice which increased the risk of cross infection and clinical waste was in an unlocked metal cage on the corridor accessible to members of the public.

“We found records were left unlocked on the wards we visited, a risk that personal information was accessible to members of the public.”

The CQC found staffing levels were adequate across the medical wards and that staff followed good hygiene levels.

But the infirmary was also told to improve the effectiveness of its maternity and gynaecology services which were also rated as ‘requires improvement’.

The CQC found that policies were not always clear and did not always follow current guidelines.

The report also stated: “Daily checks of equipment were completed, but systems for monitoring the maintenance of equipment were not robust.”

Areas of ‘outstanding’ practice were highlighted by inspectors including that the urology department aspired to have a one stop clinic which meant patients could have biopsies done at the same time as their initial assessment and for its “pioneering” staff engagement which has received several awards.

Overall WWL was rated as ‘good’ with 87 per cent of its services being rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, including the The Thomas Linacre Centre, but the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary was deemed to require improvement.

The hospitals service for children and young people was rated as ‘inadequate’.