HOSPITAL chiefs say they acted immediately after a recent inspection found a Wirral mental health unit had fallen short of standards in two specific areas.

Watchdogs the Care Quality Commission visited the Springview Unit, based at Clatterbridge Health Park, in November to check essential levels of care and safety were being met.

Standards at the hospital’s Brackendale ward, specialising in adult and older people’s mental health, and Oaktrees, which deals with adult eating disorders. were found to be acceptable in all but two areas.

Patients were found to not routinely receive food that met their individual needs and which had been chosen by them, while the agreement of patients to care plan risk assessments were not clearly recorded in their files.

A spokesman for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said although standards were not considered to have been met in these areas, they were considered to have only a minor impact on those who use the service.

Tim Welch, deputy chief executive of the trust, said: “We welcome the findings of this inspection and have immediately acted upon them to improve the patient experience in the areas identified.

“Our priority is to provide the best possible care for patients and we view visits from the CQC as an opportunity to take a step back and really change ourselves to be the best at what we do.”