Mount Alvernia Hospital: 'No decision' on paediatric care

  • 15 May 2013
  • From the section Surrey
BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital, Guildford
Image caption BMI Healthcare has apologised for "entirely unacceptable" failings at the hospital

The future of paediatric services at a private hospital in Surrey is unclear after it suspended children's surgery due to "life-threatening" failings.

BMI Mount Alvernia Hospital voluntarily halted operations following a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Inspectors from the health watchdog who visited the Guildford hospital failed it on eight out of nine standards.

A spokesman for BMI Healthcare said: "A decision has not been made regarding the future of paediatric services."

The NHS has stopped referring patients to the hospital and said it would rescind the suspension after issues had been addressed.

'Failings addressed'

The CQC demanded immediate improvements to "protect people from coming to harm" at the hospital following a visit by inspectors in December 2012 and January 2013.

Standards it failed included consent to care and treatment, and cleanliness and infection control.

The BMI Healthcare spokesman said the hospital was satisfied that all the failings had been addressed.

"We are working with the Clinical Commissioning Group to demonstrate this and to respond to any concerns," he added.

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