Watchdog site praises hospital’s standards

Blackpool Victoria Hospital
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A new website highlighting standards of cleanliness in that nation’s hospitals has ranked Blackpool’s among the best in the country.

The NHS Choices site rates a number of categories, including how a trust deals with infection control and patient safety, and shows Blackpool Victoria Hospital is performing to a “good” level.

The website gives a red (among the worst), blue (as expected) or green (good) rating to six categories.

Two of the ratings – infection control and cleanliness, and recommended by staff – received blue.

The hospital was praised for its open and honest reporting, and was highlighted as above average for NHS England patient safety notices, patients being assessed for blood clots and for achieving Care Quality Commission national standards.

Marie Thompson, director of Nursing and Quality at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The trust welcomes the drive for greater transparency, as we firmly believe the publication of safety data helps the trust to focus in more detail on its priority areas, and highlights where we can make improvements to the care we deliver.

“We are pleased the report recognises our commitment to being open and honest.

“We have always believed that by adopting an open and transparent culture, and measuring and publishing information on clinical outcomes and experience, we can make a real difference to the quality of care we deliver.’’

The figures published today include nurse staffing levels for the first time.

The staffing level data compares the average actual staffing with planned staffing levels on wards, with the trust scoring 92 per cent of safe staffing level.

Mrs Thompson added: “This is the first time this data has been published, and it will help us to more accurately plan staffing requirements, so that we have the best ward teams to respond to the needs of their patients.

“The trust has undertaken a major recruitment drive, with a £1m investment made in adding to our nurse staffing levels.

“We have recruited 339 new nurses over the past 12 months, with more than 40 qualified nurses starting work with the trust over the past two months.

“We review our nurse staffing levels on a regular basis, and I am confident that over the next few months we will see the full benefit of our recruitment policy.”