Clean bill of health for Altrincham Hospital
Health inspectors have just published a glowing report for
Altrincham Hospital following an unannounced visit by the
Care Quality Commission earlier this year.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the national health and
social care regulator that checks whether hospitals and care
environments are meeting national standards. When visiting,
inspectors look at the quality of care and treatment, the
experience of patients, the safety of services, quality of
management, and how hospitals are staffed.
Altrincham Hospital, which provides a range of out-patient
clinics, diagnostic services, and a minor injuries service to the
local area, received excellent feedback in all areas of the report,
with inspectors finding that 'patients were treated with dignity
and consideration by staff at all times'.
The report applauded the hospital's 'quality of care rounds'.
These are monthly reviews that ensure standards of nursing care and
training are being met and that patients are personally asked about
their hospital experience. The CQC said this demonstrated the
hospital's commitment to providing high quality care and treatment
and a positive experience for patients in a clean and hygienic
As part of the assessment, inspectors spoke to patients and
staff about their experience of the hospital. The CQC reported that
patients were relaxed and confident and had every confidence in the
care provided. One patient said in the report: "The nurses smile a
lot, they never rush patients. You never see staff stood about,
congregating and talking, they always talk to the patients."
The report comes as work begins on the new Altrincham Hospital
development on Railway Street. The hospital will provide
state-of-the-art facilities to patients and is due to open in early
Marie Quinn, Service Manager said: "It's a very exciting
time for health services in Altrincham, with the fabulous results
of the CQC report and the new hospital underway at last.
"We'll continue to provide high quality out-patient and
diagnostic services plus treatment for minor injuries and ensure
that visiting Altrincham Hospital continues to be a positive
experience for our patients."