Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has today (1st April) welcomed their registration under the Care Quality Commission’s new monitoring standards for healthcare provision in the NHS.

Having declared themselves compliant against the CQC’s tough new quality standards, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has been registered without conditions. All organisations who are registered, will be constantly monitored by the CQC throughout the year, and subject to spot inspections at any time.

Chief Nurse at the Trust, Caroline Becher, says: “Here at Ashford and St Peter’s we welcome the new high standards being set by the Care Quality Commission. These cover important issues for patients such as treating people with respect, involving them in decisions about their care, keeping clinical areas clean, and ensuring services are safe. In an organisation driven by quality and safety issues, these areas are close to our heart and we work constantly to ensure these are uppermost in our minds at all times.”

Caroline continues: “For example, over the last year we have made good progress in reducing hospital acquired infections, and are ending the year declaring a total of 9 cases of MRSA bacteraemia, only 3 of which were contracted within our hospitals (our target was 14). This is still 3 too many, but against a total of 10 hospital acquired MRSA cases last year, shows the progress and commitment we’ve been making. And I’m delighted that our Infection Control team were runners up in our annual staff awards last week – they really have pulled out all the stops, ensuring that the right messages are cascaded throughout our hospitals and staff are really on board in their efforts to keep these infections to an absolute minimum.”

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