A MIDLAND hospital shamed for among the worst dignity standards in the country has shown signs of improvement in a latest inspection.
Sandwell Hospital, in West Bromwich, now meets key nutrition, privacy and dignity standards after an unannounced visit last month by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Appalling care failings were found on 34-bed stroke ward Newton 4 last year including a woman having to use the lavatory in view of other patients.
When inspectors returned in August, they again ruled standards were dire.
They found an incontinent patient was left soiled and unwashed for an hour-and-a- half despite asking staff for help. It prompted hospital bosses at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust to create two wards instead of one by splitting new stroke patients from those undergoing rehabilitation as their needs are very different.
In the latest report, CQC inspectors spoke to patients and staff on the two new wards, observed patient care and examined patient records.
Trust chief executive John Adler said: “We are delighted with this report, it is extremely positive throughout.
“We knew we had a problem with this ward and whilst we were making improvements, we were not making enough progress until we decided to separate the care of acute stroke and stroke rehabilitation patients into two separate wards.”