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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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New operating theatre at Carlisle hospital

A new operating theatre is being built as part of a major refurbishment at a Carlisle hospital.

Caldew Hospital photo
Caldew Hospital on Dalston Road, Carlisle

Bosses at Carlisle’s privately run Caldew Hospital revealed the plans following an inspection which labelled the building rundown and dated.

The Care Quality Commission carried out a routine unannounced inspection of the Dalston Road site last month.

Their inspection report has revealed the hospital passed four out of the five basic standards it had been inspected on.

It was praised for its: standards of treating people with respect and involving them in their care; standards of providing care, treatment and support that meets people’s needs; standards of caring for people safely and protecting them from harm; standards of staffing; and standards of quality and suitability of management.

However, inspectors ordered improvements to be made after finding that staff and visitors were “not protected against the risks of unsafe or unsuitable premises”.

The converted manor house was described as “no longer totally fit for purpose”.

Caldew Hospital Ltd, which runs the site, had been aware of the building’s limitations and several years ago got planning permission for a new hospital to be built.

The economic climate put paid to the scheme, and improvement plans were instead put in place.

The report states: “None of these were implemented. This has led to a lack of investment into the structure and appearance of the building.”

Other concerns included the threadbare stairwell carpet, dated décor and uneven surface and parking areas.

“The hospital was surrounded by a large garden area,” the report continued. “We found this was not being maintained: there was general rubbish around the garden and the leaves which fell from trees in the autumn had not been cleared. Ivy on the walls of the building has become overgrown and was affecting the windows, gutters and the overall general appearance of the building.”

However, praise was given to the new central heating system and new computer system, and inspectors made special mention of the quality and provision of care.

“Within the patient survey it was showed that the majority of negative comments were around the presentation of the building and not the care given which was very positive,” the report concluded.

A spokesman for Caldew Hospital Ltd reassured patients and staff that all of the CQC concerns will be addressed.

“A new operating theatre is being built and there will be a total refurbishment of the building,” he explained. “These things take time, but any issues raised by the CQC will be totally resolved as part of this work. It is well overdue.”

Work is set to finish at the end of November.

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