Inspectors say Fareham hospital has improved

The entrance to the Uplands Private Hospital  in Fareham
The entrance to the Uplands Private Hospital in Fareham
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A WARNING notice on a hospital has been lifted after ‘significant changes and improvements’ were made.

An inspector from the Care Quality Commission visited Uplands Independent Hospital in Fareham and found ‘effective action’ had been taken since a previous inspection in November 2015.

I am very pleased to see that improvements are being made.

Councillor Sean Woodward

Last year’s damning report rated the service as ‘requires improvement’ in four of the five criteria the CQC looks at.

Then the inspector noted the old hospital building had a number of blind spots, there was not a risk register, they did not have access to a range of professionals and incident forms were not completed.

But the latest inspection found improvements had been made to the hospital on Park Lane, which provides care and rehabilitation to adults suffering from mental health and behavioural problems.

They included:

n All individual risk assessments and care records had been reviewed and updated.

n Mental Health Act policies, Code of Practice and hospital manager details were updated and available.

n Support plans for the management of violence and aggression had been updated for each patient.

n The hospital manager was able to alter staffing levels to meet any changing clinical need.

The report said: ‘We found that the team at Uplands had clearly worked very hard and made significant progress in a number of key areas of concern.

‘The provider had taken a number of immediate actions to reduce the level of risk posed by the ward environment.’

Leader of Fareham Borough Council Sean Woodward has welcomed the changes.

He said: ‘I’m pleased to see that improvements are being made. There were some very damning comments made about the quality of care.

‘The CQC rightly highlighted the problems.

‘I’m very pleased about this latest report as they are caring for very vulnerable patients.’