Shamed Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has come up to scratch after passing a surprise visit by inspectors.
The Care Quality Commission, formerly Healthcare Commission, dropped in on the Trust’s Stafford Hospital, which they had previously reported for having failings at every level of care and cutbacks that led to at least 400 deaths over three years. But the latest report is a very different story with inspectors finding no evidence of any breaches in areas of cleanliness and patient safety.
Helen Moss, nursing director of the Trust, which also runs Cannock Chase Hospital, said: “We have seen a steady fall in our infection rates over the last two years and are currently performing well against the target our local primary care trust has set for MRSA and Clostridium Difficile (C. diff).
“Any infection is one too many and we need to address the recommendations from the CQC report where they found dust to ensure our cleaning frequencies and monitoring is improved”.
Inspectors checked on Stafford A&E and Wards 2, 10 and 11, chatting to nurses, housekeepers and doctors over their knowledge of infection control along with analysing MRSA results in recent months and hospital policies.
Stafford Hospital has reported just two cases of MRSA, which both patients had acquired in the community before being admitted to a ward, and 17 cases of C. diff. As part of this assessment, the trust met the core standards related to infection control, decontamination, and a clean, well-designed environment, but did not meet its target to reduce MRSA.
The commission had rated the trust as ‘weak’ for quality of services and ‘good’ for use of resources in the annual health check last year spanning 2007/8.