HOSPITAL chiefs have slammed claims staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are failing the needs of their patients when it comes to food and nutrition.
A report in a national newspaper earmarked the Vic as one of the 12 worst hospitals in England when caring for its patients nutritional needs.
However, the hospital has played down the claims –saying they stem from two minor complaints following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) visit.
During a meeting of Blackpool Council, Tory deputy leader Coun Peter Evans described the report’s findings as “an absolute disgrace”.
However, in response Coun Ivan Taylor, cabinet lead for health and wellbeing, defended the hospital.
He said: “I don’t accept this criticism of our hospital and I think that echoes right around this room.”
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals was one of 50 NHS Trusts to receive an unannounced visit from the CQC to assess standards of care around dignity and nutrition of older people. The review team visited the stroke ward and a care of older people’s ward in August 2012.
Marie Thompson, director of nursing and quality at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, admitted the issue of food and nutrition had been a matter of concern for the CQC, but said the issue was with recording when care was given rather than a lack of care and otherwise the findings of the report were “extremely positive.”
She said: “The assessment team did highlight a concern regarding delays in two patients receiving adequate nutrition and hydration, however this was down to the completion of records rather than delays in them receiving their food or drink.
“We have taken actions to ensure all patient records are completed in a timely manner.”
“Overall the findings of the review were extremely positive and the review team highlighted very good examples of privacy and dignity on both wards.
“In terms of nutrition the team highlighted lots of area of good practice and said they were impressed with the nutrition mission work to ensure meal time is given high priority on the wards.”