Hospital standards praised in care report

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is now meeting all the Care Quality Commission (CQC) essential standards of quality and safety.

The CQC’s initial inspection earlier this year found the trust were not meeting all the nutritional standards.

But a final report, published this month, found Barnsley General Hospital is now fully compliant following a re-inspection to check it was meeting nutritional standards.

Inspectors spoke to patients who said they were very satisfied with the quality and choice of food available, and the care and treatment they receive from staff.

The report also praises the systems and processes that have been put into place to ensure that patient’s individual dietary needs around food and drink are met.

Sharon Linter, Director of Quality and Performance said: “We took it very seriously when earlier this year the CQC raised concerns about our nutritional standards and introduced a number of new systems across the trust in response to them.

“One of the most significant is the ‘protected meal times’ we now operate - this means that patients are not disturbed during their meals by clinical and non-clinical interruptions, allowing meals to be served and eaten in a better environment.

“We have also introduced meal monitors - an identified member of nursing staff whose specific job it is to ensure patients are getting the right meals and that mealtimes run smoothly on the wards.”

Paul O’Connor, Chief Executive of the Trust, added: “It is great to receive such a positive report showing the significant improvements that have been made across the hospital and it is really important to recognise this.”