No new patients sent to hospital after bad report

jpco-10-12-14 Langley Green Hospita, Crawley (Pic by Jon and Joe Rigby) SUS-140412-144807001
jpco-10-12-14 Langley Green Hospita, Crawley (Pic by Jon and Joe Rigby) SUS-140412-144807001

Concern over safety and the quality of care at Langley Green Hospital has seen mental health providers refuse to send new patients there.

The hospital, in Martyrs Avenue, had been heavily criticised following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC’s damning report saw the hospital fail to meet any of seven major standards required – including the management of medicines, records keeping and ensuring patients were free from abuse.

The report was published in April and followed an unannounced inspection by the CQC team.

A CQC spokesman said a similar inspection was carried out on October 20 and 21 to ensure measures were being taken to improve the care offered.

The results of the inspection are due to be published this week but have prompted decisive action from mental health care provider the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) and the county’s three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

In a joint statement, the organisations stressed the quality and safety of NHS care at Langley Green Hospital was “a priority”.

The statement read: “Following the results of CQC inspections and information-sharing meetings between the CCGs, West Sussex County Council, the CQC, Monitor and Healthwatch, an independent review of care provided to patients at Langley Green Hospital is under way to provide assurances about the quality of services.

“In the meantime, we will not be admitting any new Sussex patients to the hospital other than through the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and S136 suite, for crisis admissions.”

A CQC spokesman confirmed the SPFT was due to undergo a comprehensive inspection next year.

The issue was raised at a recent meeting of the Crawley CCG at the Hawth.

Dr Amit Bhargava, chief clinical officer, told the meeting: “They are doing their very best there.

“When they have their next inspection in January, we are hoping these issues will have been resolved.

“We are moving forward and incrementally getting better – not as fast as we would like but we are.”

The joint statement confirmed the CCGs and partners would be working closely with the SPFT to continue to make further improvements.

It added: “The commissioners are keen to have all the beds and the hospital functioning normally as soon as we are assured that the care provided at the hospital is consistently high quality and safe.

“SPFT has a robust action plan in place to address concerns and continue improving the standard of care specifically around documentation, care planning, physical health needs and management of complaints.

“The CCGs continue to monitor the situation closely through site visits and contract and performance discussions.”