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City hospital staff given positive inspection report

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital have been praised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) Inspectors for improvements to safety and cleanliness.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) inspection report saw recognition that good progress has been made at the hospital, with nine of ten recommendations being fully met and one partially met.

The inspection team arrived unannounced to examine the clinical decisions unit, emergency department, immediate decisions unit and the public toilets in the main atrium.

Speaking of today’s report Healthcare Improvement Scotland senior inspector Alastair McGown, said: “We saw a number of improvements, including the use of weekly environmental cleanliness audits, the retraining of facilities management staff and domestic supervisors, and improved cleanliness of public areas. Moreover, hand hygiene compliance was good with nursing and domestic staff.”

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) inspection report saw recognition that good progress has been made at the hospital, with nine of ten recommendations being fully met and one partially met.

Previous requirements which were found to have been met included accurate domestic cleaning records, ensuring mattresses and covers are checked for cleanliness and emergency department records in relation to patient equipment cleaning are completed accurately.

Dr Margaret Mcguire, NHSGGC’s Director of Nursing, said:  “I want to recognise the achievements of staff at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for the progress that has been made and for their continuing commitment and dedication to delivering high quality patient centred care.

“This report highlights the immediate actions we took following the inspection team’s visit in January. I – along with the senior management team and the Board of NHSGGC, are delighted that they acknowledge that nine of their requirements have been met, with the remaining one being partially met.

“We have addressed these requirements by putting in place procedures including infection control education sessions, daily visual inspections of the emergency department by facilities supervisors and regular spot checks of patient equipment by senior charge nurses.

“The remaining requirement which has been partially met is linked to compliance with hand hygiene at appropriate times and we will work with staff to ensure this is met.”

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email press.office@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

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