Western Isles Hospital caught out by unannounced inspection

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NHS Western Isles was caught out last month when the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) visited Western Isles Hospital for an unannounced inspection.

As a result HEI have made said improvements must be made to certain areas including ensuring that drug fridge temperature records are consistently completed and that appropriate thermometers are in place to enable accurate recording.; that a date must be identified for removing carpets in the outpatient department and that a timescale must be identified for setting up an improved fault repair and maintenance system.

Susan Brimelow, HEI Chief Inspector said: “Overall, NHS western Isles is complying with the majority of standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring an infection. The overall standard of cleaning continues to be good and programme of regular staff training in infection prevention and control is maintained. However we have also identified areas for improvement including a need for more consistent use of cleaning schedules, and drug fridge temperature recording must be improved.”

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “NHS Western Isles welcomes any and all external scrutiny that assists us to continually raise the standard of care, services and the environment in which patients receive care.

 “This report recognises the positive action that NHS Western Isles continues to take to reduce the risk of infection, which is down to the hard work and dedication of our staff. The areas for improvement highlighted will be the focus of very clear action to raise our standards even further.”

The report also recommended that a standardised cleaning schedule should be completed to ensure consistent cleaning throughout the hopsital and that a system for recording all staff training in infection prevention and control should be developed.