Praise for Cossham

January 30 2014

COSSHAM Hospital has passed all essential standards in its first inspection by the Care Quality Commission since its £19 million refurbishment.

COSSHAM Hospital has passed all essential standards in its first inspection by the Care Quality Commission since its £19 million refurbishment.

The 106-year-old community hospital in Kingswood reopened a year ago and now provides the area’s only standalone midwife-led birth centre, renal dialysis unit, X-ray and scanning department, physiotherapy and outpatient appointments.

Care Quality Commission inspectors found that the hospital was meeting all six standards during its unannounced visit in November. Findings have been published on its website.

The standards are: Respecting and involving people who use services, care and welfare of people who use services, co-operating with other providers, cleanliness and infection control, safety and suitability of premises, and staffing.

Inspectors praised the high standards of cleanliness and said patients were positive about the standards of care.

During the inspection the CQC spoke with 30 patients and 25 members of staff.

The report said patients and families were positive about the care, treatment and support and staff were knowledgeable.

Inspectors said the new facilities in the outpatients department had increased the number of appointments, meaning that local people no longer had to travel to an acute hospital to see their consultant.

*Maternity services at Cossham Hospital have been shortlisted for a national award. The team has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Maternity Care category of the Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery Awards.