CHESTERFIELD: Big changes at town’s hospital

Gavin Boyle, Chesterfield Royal Hospital's Chief Executive.
Gavin Boyle, Chesterfield Royal Hospital's Chief Executive.

The boss of Chesterfield Royal Hospital has insisted “big improvements” have been made after watchdogs slammed patient nutrition.

In October, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ordered the Calow hospital to take action after finding that patients were not protected from the risks of inadequate nutrition and dehydration.

Inspectors from the CQC will make another unannounced visit to the Royal anytime now to judge whether it has improved.

Gavin Boyle, Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s Chief Executive, said: “We take the CQC’s findings extremely seriously and have responded by making big improvements.

“I think we’ve taken a massive step forward and I’m confident we will pass the CQC’s next inspection.”

According to the CQC’s last report, inspectors spoke to patients who branded the hospital’s food “bland” and said portions were too big.

And they found that some patients did not receive appropriate support and encouragement to eat their lunch.

Mr Boyle said the hospital has overhauled its menu to improve the choice, taste and variety of food.

In addition, the hospital has identified senior nurses to organise mealtimes and ensure patients have the right food, the right cutlery and the right support and encouragement to eat.

Mr Boyle said hospital staff had responded “terrifically” to implement the changes.

He added: “I don’t think we could have done more to improve things.

“But we’re not complacement. We’re aware that there’s always room for improvement.”