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Dementia hospital gets clean bill of health from NHS regulators
A HOSPITAL that cares for older people with advanced dementia has been given a clean bill of health by NHS regulators.
Auckland Park Hospital in Bishop Auckland, which is part of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, has been given the all clear by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The hospital received a warning notice from the CQC in June this year for failing to meet two of their standards.
This was lifted following a second visit in August when they reported that the hospital had exceeded their standards.
Although the concerns raised in June were not about the quality of care or patient safety, the CQC said that staff were making assumptions about individuals' capacity to make decisions, which was limiting their independence.
Martin Barkley, chief executive at the trust, said: "Auckland Park is a well respected unit which has always received extremely positive feedback from families and carers.
"Staff on the unit are totally committed to providing high quality patient care and were disappointed by the CQC's report.
"Their motives had been to protect patients from harm but they quickly realised that by doing things differently they could give patients more choice and independence."
Patients now have unrestricted access to the gardens and can choose whether their bedroom doors are open or locked during the day.
Staff are using more visual ways of communicating with patients so that they can choose what they want to do or eat.
They have also introduced easy to understand signage, pictures and landmarks to help patients find their way around.
Michelle Newton, modern matron at Auckland Park Hospital, said: "I'm really proud of what we've achieved - the team have worked extremely hard to meet the CQCs standards and our service is now better than ever."
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