Leeds & West Yorkshire

Pinderfield's Hospital elderly care 'improved'

Improvements to the care of the elderly have been made at a West Yorkshire hospital after it was issued with a warning by the health watchdog.

A Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection last May found that elderly patients at Pinderfields Hospital were not always getting the best care.

Inspectors issued a formal notice to improve which has now been lifted after the outcome of a second visit.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said the progress would continue.

'Calm, sympathetic manner'

Inspectors returned to visit wards 12, 41, 42 and 32 and a discharge unit for elderly patients at the Wakefield hospital on 27 November.

In respect of ward 41, the CQC report said: "When we inspected Pinderfields Hospital in May 2013 we had serious concerns about the assessment, planning and delivery of care to patients on this ward."

Inspectors noted the ward had since been separated into two teams with staff stating they had more time to spend with patients.

The report said: "Staff were constantly busy attending to patients, however we saw staff delivered care and support in a calm and sympathetic manner, taking time to explain what they were doing and why."

It continued: "Overall we found improvements had been made to the care patients received on the wards we visited and that staff were better informed about patients' needs through robust handover processes."

Inspectors highlighted areas where action was needed, including issues around completing patient records.

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