Banbury’s private hospital has recovered to achieve ‘good’ rating after a new inspection

The Foscote Private Hospital, Banbury. NNL-151020-123357009
The Foscote Private Hospital, Banbury. NNL-151020-123357009

Banbury’s private hospital, The Foscote, has recovered from a ‘requires improvement’ diagnosis to a healthy ‘good’ rating after a new inspection in January.

The Hightown Road hospital did not come up to ‘good’ standard in a number of areas when the Care Quality Commission visited last July.

“Surgery was rated as inadequate and outpatients and diagnostic imaging as ‘requires improvement’. We rated safety, effectiveness and ‘well-led’ as inadequate for the surgical service,” the CQC team said.

“This was because staffing levels, skills and training levels, working practices in the operating department and medicines were not always safely managed.

“In the operating department, staff were undertaking roles which they were either not qualified for or not assessed as competent to perform.”

The CQC made a further unannounced inspection of the surgery and outpatients and diagnostic imaging services on January 19 this year.

“Our overall rating was ‘good’. We rated safety as ‘good’ in surgery and outpatients and diagnostic imaging.”

The Foscote had improved in the three areas in which it had been found inadequate and was good in all the main areas inspected.

The principles of the Five Steps to Safer Surgery, designed to reduce harm by consistent use of best practice, were being adhered to. A full review of hospital policies was being conducted. Systems were in place to monitor practice such as adherence to the Five Steps to Safer Surgery and instrument counts.

Staff were being supported to develop in their role. For example, staff in the operating department were undertaking training to act as a surgical first assistant. Most were up to date with mandatory training.

There was an established system for the servicing and maintenance of equipment. Staff had received training in the use of equipment.

Chair of trustees David Budd said: “Everyone is delighted that all the hard work and effort put into turning around the rating of inadequate has been recognised and we now have a new rating of good throughout the hospital. We are all looking forward to the future and will continue our commitment to serving the local community.”