A recent unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found St Bartholomew’s Hospital, in Rochester, is meeting all essential standards of patient quality and safety.

The inspection on 10 September 2012 assessed how the hospital, which is run by Medway Community Healthcare, meets five standards – respecting and involving people; care and welfare of people; safeguarding people from abuse; supporting workers and assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, run by Medway Community Healthcare, provides specialist rehabilitation to people living in Medway and Swale.

Patients at the nurse-led hospital may have had a stroke, a fall or major surgery and receive physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing care to help them to recover and return home to live as independently as possible.

In their report, following the inspection, the CQC highlighted the valuable role played by the therapy kitchen where patients are helped to practise everyday activities including making a cup of tea and preparing meals to help them to regain the skills needed for them to return home.

The report also includes comments made by patients, when asked by the CQC how well they thought the five standards were being met, which included that patients felt staff recognised their individual needs and assisted them with their personal care needs in a sensitive and discreet way.

Fiona Stephens, clinical quality director, at Medway Community Healthcare said: “I am delighted that the Care Quality Commission have acknowledged and commended the excellent care that our staff provide to patients at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

“The commitment shown by our teams both at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and in the community means that many people across Medway and Swale are able to return home after serious illness.”

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