Dumfries & Galloway hospital standards praised

Health board commended for infection control standards & takes action to continue improvements following inspections

Wednesday 31th July 2019

Four community hospitals within the NHS Dumfries & Galloway area have been praised in a report on cleanliness and safety standards.

Inspectors from Healthcare Improvement Scotland carried out visits to four sites – Annan Hospital, Moffat Hospital, Thomas Hope Hospital, and Thornhill Hospital – and have praised staff for adherence to infection control measures and for the standard of education among staff.

Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport, Jeane Freeman is welcoming of the findings of the report:

We are pleased that inspections of Annan Hospital, Moffat Hospital, Thomas Hope Hospital and Thornhill Hospital found that infection control education was excellent and that there was good staff compliance with standard infection control precautions.

However, inspectors highlighted areas that require improvement and I am pleased to see that NHS Dumfries & Galloway has published an action plan and has already taken action and put processes in place to address the issues identified during the inspection.

Patients and the public deserve to have complete confidence in the cleanliness of Scottish hospitals and the quality of NHS services – that is why we have introduced these inspections as one of a range of measures to reduce healthcare associated infections.

I have made clear my expectation that all health boards must make cleanliness and infection prevention and control a priority.”

The inspection team visited the hospitals from the 22nd to the 23rd May, meeting staff and patients, inspecting wards, assessing cleanliness and checking performance against national standards.

Ian Smith, head of quality of care with HIS, said: “Staff demonstrated good compliance with mandatory infection prevention and control training at the four community hospitals we inspected, and there was a good standard of cleaning generally across wards.

However, to improve care NHS Dumfries & Galloway must ensure that buildings are well maintained to allow for effective cleaning, and that staff are able to track progress of outstanding estates jobs if necessary.”