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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 environment.

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 2015.

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."