Hygiene action plan for Borders community hospitals

Thursday 1st August 2019

Staff working in community hospitals in the Borders have been praised for good compliance with infection control standards.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published its report on Hawick Community Hospital, Hay Lodge Community Hospital, Kelso Community Hospital, and Knoll Community Hospital, which were inspected between the 21st to the 23rd May.

Patients and staff are met by inspectors as part of the assessment of cleanliness and safety standards, alongside ward inspections to make sure national standards are being met.

The report also identifies areas where minor improvements could be made. These include repairs to the fabric of buildings, including scrapes in walls and damaged doors, to allow for more effective cleaning.

Ian Smith, head of quality of care at Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), said:

Staff demonstrated good compliance with mandatory infection prevention and control training at the four community hospitals we inspected.

However, to improve care, NHS Borders must ensure the fabric of the buildings is maintained to enable effective cleaning.”

Within the action plan published after the inspections, NHS Borders is to introduce monthly reporting of key performance indicators on any outstanding estates work to ensure infrastructure issues are addressed sooner.

Positive patient feedback has added to the report, with staff being described by attendees at Hay Lodge Community Hospital as ‘excellent’ and ‘extremely careful with cleanliness’.

When drawing their inspection to a close the HIS team said their visit had ‘been a delight’ and that staff ‘take pride in their community’.

Nicky Berry, director of nursing midwifery and acute services said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff who work incredibly hard on a daily basis to provide high quality care for our patients. This report is testament to all the hard work and effort that they put in.”