Top marks for Monklands hospital cleanliness

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Staff at University Hospital Monklands are being praised after an unannounced inspection gave the hospital top marks for cleanliness and infection control.

Inspectors from Healthcare Improvement Scotland described the cleanliness of the theatre as “excellent” and say the hospital does well across most infection control measures.

They are calling on NHS Lanarkshire to make sure standards do not slip as the board looks to build a replacement for the Monklands hospital.

NHS Lanarkshire says: “University Hospital Monklands is an ageing building which requires a high level of maintenance and we are committed to maintaining the building to the best possible standard of cleanliness until such times as we are able to replace the building.”

Lanarkshire health board is to re-run the process it used to decide where the new hospital will be located following opposition from local campaigners.

Rebuilding the existing hospital on the same site was, however, blocked by the Health Secretary.

Wards and the theatre at the 535-bed building were inspected by the healthcare regulator over a three-day visit in April.  

Inspectors found ‘good practice for the majority of standard infection control precautions’ and praised ‘good working relationships’ between support, infection control and ward staff.

They added: ‘Environmental and equipment cleanliness of the theatre department was excellent.’

But the report also highlights concerns about the fabric of the building, including duct-taped window frames, exposed woodwork and toilets in a poor state of repair.

‘Significant investment’ is said to be needed to rectify all the issues at the 40-year old building.

Clare Mitchell, interim head of NHS Lanarkshire’s infection prevention and control department, said: “The report recognises the good practice that goes on for the majority of standard infection control precautions, as well as the good working relationships between staff.

“We are particularly pleased that the cleanliness of the theatre department was reported as excellent.

“We recognise that some further improvements are required and already have an action plan in place to achieve this.”