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Children's hospital told to improve cleanliness


Health inspectors have called for a number of improvements to a children’s hospital in Scotland following an unannounced visit.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) said Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children needed to make more effort to ensure staff were aware of the toy cleaning policy and the rules on the disposal of sharp items.

Five requirements and six recommendations were made in a report.

A team from the HEI visited Yorkhill on 12 October and found that overall it complied with NHS standards on quality improvement and reducing healthcare-associated infections.

The report said not all staff interviewed were aware of the toy cleaning policy, however, and in one ward waste bins were full or overflowing.

Some medical staff were also observed wearing jewellery.

Susan Brimelow, HEI chief inspector, said: “Overall the inspection team found evidence that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is complying with the majority of NHS QIS healthcare-associated infection standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring and infection.

“The inspection team observed good practice in engaging members of the public in cleanliness monitoring and the production of antimicrobial prescribing guidelines.

“However, the team did find that further improvement is required in the quality and monitoring of cleaning, raising awareness of the toy cleaning policy and in implementing standard infection precautions in relation to waste management and sharp implements.”

The HEI was established in April 2009 to carry out at least one announced and one unannounced inspection to Scotland’s hospitals every three years.

Rory Farrelly, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s acute director of nursing said: “We have received the inspector’s report and are extremely concerned that on this occasion there were some areas where the standards expected in all our hospitals fell short.

“The hospital consistently achieves above the national rate for cleaning compliance and it is disappointing our standards were below these standards when the inspector visited the hospital.

“We have urgently put in place a comprehensive action plan that will ensure the requirements and recommendations highlighted in the report are addressed.

“The inspector did, however, observe good practice in the hospital in engaging members of the public in cleanliness monitoring and the production of antimicrobial prescribing guidelines.”


Readers' comments (3)


    What is this we are in 2010 wake up people

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  • why does it take an inspection to highlight all the shortfalls. Surely nurses and doctors are trained to notice these and maintain standards and a lot of basic rules of hygiene are common sense which do not even require medical/nurse training.
    how can one, in a hospital of all places, not guarantee the safety and security of children. why aren't the staff unable to meet these standards struck off their registers for negligence. There is no excuse for getting away with working in these conditions.

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  • Sandra Joyce Odell -Powell | 17-Nov-2010 1:34 pm

    It is not clear what this remark means or who it is referring to.

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