Patients receiving end-of-life care at Whipps Cross University Hospital are being put at serious risk, a report by the health watchdog has said.  

A team of six inspectors from the Care Quality Commission carried out an unannounced inspection at the Margaret Centre on February 12. 

They found that the building was in such a bad state of repair that patients were put at risk of "serious harm".   

Barts Health Trust, which runs the Leytonstone hospital was placed in special measures earlier this year after serious failings in care at the hospital were identified.  

The latest report said: “The Margaret Centre was in need of refurbishment There were no suitable washing facilities for patients.

“All patients used commodes due to the lack of toilet facilities rather than because of levels of independence or support needs. 

“Record keeping and storage was not always safe. Clinical note files had a considerable volume of loose and ad hoc documents.” 

Inspectors also found staff morale was low. 

The report added: “Staff told us they had no clear leadership for the service, high sickness levels, inappropriate acute admissions, and not enough investment in training needs for staff.

"Inadequate systems were in place to ensure the delivery of high quality care.” 

However, staff were however praised for their caring approach and knowledge. 

In total, five breaches of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 were identified. 

A report in November 2013 raised concerns about patient support and the state of the building, but adequate changes were not made. 

Barts Health Trust has been asked to comment.