QUALITY: Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust is to review its discharge procedures next month in response to patient concerns that prompted a Care Quality Commission inspection.
The concerns were linked to a surgical day case unit at Arrowe Park Hospital, which was being used for patients being transferred from accident and emergency, and to unsuitable bathing facilities for a mixed sex unit. There had also been concerns about the quality of “nutritional action plans”.
The CQC carried out an inspection of the A&E and five wards at Arrowe Park last September and published its inspection report in November. The trust has since been working on an action plan to make improvements.
Head of assurance at the trust, Joe Roberts, said: “Good progress is being made with implementing the action plan. One action, reviewing the discharge policy, has been rescheduled from the end of December 2014 to the end of March 2015. This is because the changes required are broader than was originally considered necessary and it will be necessary to consult with our colleagues in the community about changes to the process.”