• CQC inspectors lift conditions placed on John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford 
  • Regulator had criticised theatres for being in such poor state they could not be cleaned properly 
  • Theatres re-opened in September following improvement work

Conditions imposed on a teaching hospital’s operating theatres because of major infection risks have been lifted following refurbishment work.

The Care Quality Commission has removed the conditions placed on Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in June following a five-month revamp, including new electrical and data wiring, brighter lighting and redecoration.

The CQC downgraded the hospital’s overall rating from “good to “requires improvement” and ordered Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust to make urgent changes to the theatres, which were found to be in a state of disrepair.

Inspectors noted the theatres were in such poor condition they could not always be adequately cleaned, while theatres being used as storage space “increased risk of infection”.

The theatres were officially reopened in September and the CQC carried out another inspection in November.

Sara Randall, Oxford University Hospitals’ chief operating officer, said: “This was an extremely complex project which was planned and executed carefully to ensure there was as little impact as possible on patient care.

“The teamwork between our clinical teams in theatres and staff from estates, procurement, clinical engineering, IT and pharmacy was superb and greatly contributed to the success of the refresh project.

“We are delighted that the inspection team from the CQC has recognised that issues have been addressed and that the conditions imposed on theatres have been lifted.”