The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently attended West Lane Hospital for an unannounced inspection of the children and young people’s inpatient service. This inspection took place from 20 – 24 June and included Evergreen Centre, Newberry Centre and Westwood Centre.
Evergreen Centre, Newberry Centre and Westwood Centre, which are part of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, provide inpatient accommodation for young people with mental health difficulties.
The inspection identified concerns about recording of observations, risk assessments and staffing levels given the acuity of patients.
As a result of the inspection, the CQC has served a Notice of Decision, which means that the Trust is now required to undertake some immediate and urgent actions to address these concerns. It also means that new admissions to wards at West Lane Hospital will be temporarily suspended.
Colin Martin, Chief Executive at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“Our priority is the safety and welfare of our patients and we are taking immediate and urgent actions to address the concerns raised by the CQC.
“We are developing a detailed response and working closely with the CQC to address the issues identified during the inspection. We are also talking to patients, families and carers within the service to make them aware of the situation, and the actions we’ll be taking.
“Alternative arrangements for the care of individuals who might require admission have been made with the support of neighbouring Trusts and NHS England.”
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