THE Clatterbridge Clinic has passed its first inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

The inspection took place in February and subsequent reports confirmed the private patient unit, situated at Clatterbridge Hospital, met the required standards.

In their report, CQC inspectors said: "We spoke with three patients and two relatives on the day of our visit.

"They all told us they were extremely satisfied with the care and treatment received at the clinic".

The clinic is a joint venture between Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust and The Mater Private, Ireland's leading private hospital.

Revenue generated by private patients is reinvested into NHS services and facilities at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. 

The clinic provides clinical care from world-class consultants, providing radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment using the latest technology.

Dr Shaun Tolan, chairman of the clinic's medical advisory board, said: "I am very proud the Clatterbridge Clinic has passed our first CQC inspection with flying colours.

"The CQC gave us a thorough inspection and we are delighted with the results.

"This is the icing on the cake for a remarkable first year at the Clinic.

"We have worked hard to ensure our patients are provided with exceptional care in comfortable surroundings with a personalised service designed to suit their individual needs.

"Patient experience is at the heart of everything we do and the Commission has recognised the efforts we are making to achieve this."