Health watchdog inspects Prospect Park ahead of ward move

Health watchdog inspects Prospect Park ahead of ward move

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Health watchdog inspects Prospect Park ahead of ward move
Charles Ward patients are set to move from St Mark's Hospital

A hospital which is set to be the new home for mental health patients from Maidenhead's Charles Ward has been told it needs to improve its paperwork by a health watchdog.

Inspectors for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said Reading's Prospect Park Hospital provides a safe, clean environment for patients and listens to patients' view following an inspection in October.

But the hospital, run by the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has been told action is needed to ensure it properly records how it involves patients in their own care and makes sure they understand the care and treatment they are offered.

Helen Mackenzie, director of nursing at Berkshire Healthcare, said: "This visit has reinforced our view that we must improve the way we update and maintain our patient records to ensure we include the patients' views on their care and treatment.

"We have already been working on these issues."

Patients and staff in the Charles Ward at St Mark's Hospital are set to make the move to Prospect Park on January 9.

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