HEALTH bosses breathed a sigh of relief after Ealing Hospital passed a recent series of checks by The Care Quality Commission.

An unannounced inspection was carried out last month to assess whether the hospital Trust was adequately protecting patients, workers and others from healthcare-associated infection.

In its report, the commission said: "On inspection, we found no evidence that the Trust has breached the regulations to protect patients, workers and others from the risks of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection."

Of the 15 checks carried out by the commission, the report said there was only room for improvement in one area; "Using effective arrangements for the decontamination of instruments and other equipment, which are detailed in appropriate policies."

A spokeswoman for the Uxbridge Road hospital said: "Inspectors found two foam mattress pads were slightly soiled, and one stained. All other equipment was found to be clean.

"Mattress pads are sealed inside heavy duty waterproof covers to ensure patients’ safety and protect the foam interiors. Staff routinely wash and disinfect the covers before the bed is used for each new patient, and replace them when even slightly damaged. Guidelines now recommend regular checks inside the protective mattress covers.

"Ealing Hospital has now put in additional checks for mattresses since the CQC visit. This will further improve our compliance with the Hygiene Code."

Paul Reeves, director of nursing and clinical practice at the hospital said: “We always put patients’ safety first. Our staff are acutely aware of the importance of achieving the highest standards of care, and work very hard to meet every possible requirement for the benefit of our patients.”

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