The Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the UK has placed an urgent legal restriction on Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust on the use of Pinderfields Hospital’s day surgical unit to prevent patient stays exceeding 23 hours.

Inspectors visited the specialist day unit of the hospital following reports that it was being used to facilitate longer term care, without sufficient support resources.

CQC North deputy director Malcolm Bower-Brown said CQC took quick action following its inspection to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients.

"We are heartened by the Trust’s rapid and positive response to our action and they are working closely in partnership with other agencies to address the issues of concern."

"The decision to place an urgent condition on a provider’s registration is not one we take lightly," Bower-Brown added.

"However, when we find poor practice, as we did in this case, we will take immediate action to ensure patients are not at risk.

"We are heartened by the Trust’s rapid and positive response to our action and they are working closely in partnership with other agencies to address the issues of concern. However, we will continue to monitor the position closely and, if necessary, will not hesitate to take further action to ensure patients receive the service they are entitled to expect."

CQC inspectors reported that a number of patients had stayed on the day surgery unit for more than 24 hours and in some cases patients had stayed for more than four days.

The unit did not feature proper washing facilities, in-patient catering facilities or bedside storage facilities. In addition, unsecured access to an adjacent theatre area was thought to pose a potential hazard to patients and visitors.