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Services to improve at Sussex orthopaedic centre

30th October 2008

A health watchdog has found that Sussex Orthopaedic NHS Treatment Centre has taken action to improve the safety of patients.

Inspections earlier this year by the Healthcare Commission identified serious concerns.

From an inspection in February, concerns were about poor processes for the prevention of serious incidents, gaps in staff training, management practices and hygiene procedures.

From a further inspection in June, the Commission found progress in the management of serious incidents and staff training but its assessment of the operating theatre showed lapses in decontamination practices and operating theatre procedures.

However, the Commission has now ruled the treatment centre has made significant improvements and it is satisfied that its concerns have been addressed.

Sussex Orthopaedic NHS Treatment Centre is an independent sector treatment run by Care UK providing orthopaedic surgery, such as hip and knee replacements, to NHS patients on the site of the Princess Royal NHS Hospital at Haywards Heath.

The Commission made 15 recommendations to the provider following the June inspection detailing the actions needed to remedy the areas of non-compliance across decontamination practices, management of theatre equipment and record keeping.

Nigel Ellis, the Commission's Head of Investigations, said: "We are satisfied that Sussex Orthopaedic NHS Treatment Centre has now made vital improvements to its service, and that the safety of patients is not compromised.”

He added: “They must now continue to drive improvement in staff training and management of serious incidents and we will maintain close contact with the centre, keeping up the pressure to make sure this happens."

 

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