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Cleanliness standards improving in Scottish hospitals

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Standards of cleanliness in hospitals are improving, which is helping in the battle against healthcare associated infections, according Scotland’s top hospital inspector.

A report by the Chief Inspector of the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate said today that the number of requirements and recommendations issued to health boards as a result of inspections reduced significantly last year.

From October 2011 to September 2012, the HEI made 110 requirements and 81 recommendations, compared to 172 requirements and 180 recommendations in the first report in 2009-2010.

Rates of Clostridium difficile in patients aged 65 and over reduced by 37% and the number of cases of MRSA fell by 35% in the same time period.

Mr Neil said: “I am encouraged to see notable improvements in hospitals, but we are not complacent and I recognise there are still a number of areas where further improvement is needed.

“All NHS Boards have been left in no doubt that they must act now to tackle any issues raised in these inspection reports as a matter of urgency.

“This report reassures me that the inspections are helping to improve the hospital care environment for people across Scotland.”

Mr Neil officially opened a new 100% single room hospital building in Edinburgh today. The £43.6m Royal Victoria Building, on the Western General Hospital site, comprises of 147 private rooms, each with its own en-suite shower and toilet facilities.

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