Praise for Uist and Barra Hospital

NHS Western Isles has welcomed the latest Healthcare Environment Inspectorate Inspection Report, which praises Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh in Benbecula, not only for high standards of cleanliness and infection control compliance, but also regarding the ‘excellent’ communication’ between staff groups and positive feedback from patients.

The HEI, which is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, today (Thursday) published its report relating to an announced inspection visit to Uist and Barra Hospital in early July.

HEI has been set up to help reduce healthcare associated infection risk to patients through a rigorous inspection framework.

The HEI inspection team examined NHS Western Isles’ self-assessment information and then inspected the hospital to validate this information, meet patients and staff, and visit wards and departments to assess how clean the hospital was and if it was meeting national standards.

Speaking of the report, Susan Brimelow, HEI Chief Inspector, said: “This was a positive inspection. We found a high standard of cleanliness throughout the hospital and saw good compliance with standard infection control precautions.

“We noted excellent communication between staff groups and patients commented positively on the standards of cleanliness on their wards. This inspection resulted in no requirements and one recommendation.”

The report acknowledges that all staff within the hospital demonstrated a good understanding of their responsibilities in terms of maintaining a clean hospital and preventing the spread of infection, and inspectors found a ‘very good’ team approach throughout the hospital.

In terms of infection control prevention audits, the inspectors found evidence of effective procedures, and the last four audit reports examined by HEI showed consistently high scores, which was consistent with inspection findings. Staff compliance with hand hygiene practice was also found to be good.

In terms of communication, the report highlights that communication between staff groups at the hospital was ‘excellent’. Patients spoken to during the inspection also responded with positive feedback, including the following:

“The hospital is very clean. Staff are very helpful. [Staff] can’t do enough for you.”

“[The ward is] beautiful, always spotless.”

“[Domestic staff] keep on top of everything.”

“The cleaner is never away from here (the ward)....they are scrupulous.”

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson, said: “This extremely positive report is testament to the staff of Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh and their continuous efforts to ensure that the environment for patients is up to the highest possible standard.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all staff at Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh, as well as our Infection Control Team, for their clear commitment to maintaining a clean environment and for ensuring that infection prevention and control remains a top priority.

“Inspectors praised the very good team approach evident throughout the hospital, with all staff groups demonstrating a good understanding of their own role in terms of maintaining a clean environment and preventing the spread of infection. This team approach is to be commended.

“It is clearly reaping positive results in terms of the hospital environment as well as patient satisfaction.”