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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Care Quality Commission found effective infection prevention and control processes in place to safely manage Covid-19
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sunderland Royal Hospital has been praised for its coronavirus measures after anonymous concerns sparked an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Inspectors visited Sunderland Royal Hospital and South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust's community Intermediate Care Assessment and Rehabilitation (ICAR) unit based at Houghton Primary Care Centre in March. Following the anonymous concerns, inspectors spoke to staff and patients and found clear and effective infection prevention and control processes in place at the trust to safely manage Covid-19. In a CQC report, staff told inspectors that there had been no issues with the supply of PPE throughout the pandemic and said they felt respected, supported and valued by their managers and the trust board. The CQC praised the trust’s open culture where staff could raise concerns without fear and which promoted the delivery of high-quality patient care. Inspectors also found areas of outstanding practice, which included research into air-purifying and ventilation of rooms for patients undergoing treatment for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) conditions. The trust has since invested in air-purifying equipment to further reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in other parts of its hospitals, as well as ENT services. Other highlights of the CQC’s quality report included: A clear vision and plan for continuously improving practices relating to IPC Clearly defined command and control structures that were ‘very responsive’ and ‘provided visible and approachable leadership’ A number of actions taken to reduce transmission of Covid-19, including restricted footfall across the main hospital sites, staff bubbles and temperature checks on main entrances A dedicated IPC team available 24/7 which was very responsive to requests for advice and support and had input into operational and management meetings.
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. The report also recommended some areas of improvement, including continuing with plans to provide strengthened support to community locations and providing further guidance for staff delivering rehabilitation care.
The trust was not rated following this inspection and remains rated ‘good’ overall with all previous ratings remaining in place. Dr Shaz Wahid, Medical Director and Director of Infection, Prevention and Control at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The safety of our patients and staff is always our absolute priority and I am encouraged that the CQC recognised the amount of work undertaken to enhance our already robust infection, prevention and control processes during the pandemic. "Covid-19 has presented us with challenges we’ve never faced before and there will be much learning and many more opportunities for improvement across the whole NHS in the years ahead. "What matters most is that our staff have felt fully supported, valued and listened to throughout the pandemic and they have remained entirely focused on the needs of our patients. "This positive quality report from the CQC is testament to the dedication and hard work of our Infection, Prevention and Control Team, along with all colleagues at the Trust who have selflessly provided outstanding care to keep patients safe throughout the challenges of Covid-19."
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