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Community inpatient unit in Longridge labelled ‘Wonderful’ by patients

Posted on the 13th November 2015

The inpatient ward at Longridge Community Hospital (LCH) in Central Lancashire has been recognised as 'good" across all domains by an independent regulator and its service users!

The unit is a 15 bedded inpatient facility managed by registered nurses and supported by GPs based locally. The ward provides Step up Care for patients who require admission to hospital from home and step down care for patients who need rehabilitation or ongoing care following surgery or a period of ill health. Once admitted to the ward patients are assessed and then develop a care plan with the ward staff to enable a successful recovery and safe discharge.

Sue Howarth, Ward Manager at Longridge Community Hospital, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"We were really pleased to hear such positive feedback from our service users, it means a lot that the work we do has such a positive impact on the community and we will continue to aim to provide the highest quality of care."

Carmel Jones, Service Integration Manager in the Adult Community Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust added:

"Staff at the ward were thrilled with the outcome of the inspection and I am so pleased that they have been recognised by our service users and carers as it really shows how the teams commitment to delivering safe care is their top priority."

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected LCH in April 2015 and during their inspection they spoke to some of the people using the services and their families and they said they felt that the staff were all very kind, sympathetic, helpful and that the service provided to them was 'wonderful" and could not be faulted.

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