Hospital meeting standards for elderly

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A HEALTH watchdog says a hospital is meeting important standards for elderly people.

The University Hospital of Hartlepool was inspected by the Commission for Quality Care to check whether older patients are treated with dignity and that it met their nutritional needs.

The study found that overall the hospital was meeting both standards.

It was part of a targeted inspection programme on acute NHS hospitals to assess how well older people are treated during their hospital stay.

The findings were based on existing information held by the commission and the results of a site visit.

Inspectors spoke to six patients and nine member of staff.

They examined the care records of five of the six people spoken to and observed care being provided to patients and the overall ward environment.

The report said: “Despite being busy with ward rounds and other activities, both ward environments were calm, relaxed and welcoming.

“Male and female patients had separate accommodation and bathroom facilities.”

It added: “Patients were positive about the way they received care and treatment at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

“They believed their individual needs had been recognised, they were treated with respect and were informed about their care and treatment.

“The trust has performance management systems in place which takes account of feedback from patients who have used their services.”