Strathcarron Hospice is given glowing report card following inspection

Strathcarron Hospice in Fankerton was visited by inspectors in February. Picture: Michael Gillen
Strathcarron Hospice in Fankerton was visited by inspectors in February. Picture: Michael Gillen

Strathcarron Hospice has been given a glowing report following an unannounced inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

The facility in Fankerton, near Denny, was visited on February 25 and 26 inspectors published their final report today.

Patients we spoke with praised the quality of care they had received and staff spoke with pride about their work

Senior inspector Kevin Freeman-Ferguson

Healthcare Improvement Scotland was established in 2011 to undertake inspections of independent healthcare services across the country.

Inspectors check that such services are complying with necessary standards and regulations by carrying out assessments on-site withour prior warning.

It marked Strathcarron as ‘very good’ in five of its six criteria and ‘excellent’ in the other.

Senior inspector Kevin Freeman-Ferguson said “Our inspection found that the hospice was delivering a very high standard of care, treatment and support to patients and their relatives, by a highly dedicated team of staff.

“Patients we spoke with praised the quality of care they had received and staff spoke with pride about their work.

“We found there were systems in place to obtain patient feedback and all the areas inspected were clean and tidy.

“However, we did find that the hospice must make sure that bed rails are only used once a comprehensive risk assessment has been completed.

“On this occasion, the inspection resulted in one requirement and nine recommendations.”

The full report can be read online at www.healthcareimprovementsscotland.org.