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Hospital's infection control praised


A children’s hospital has been praised for work to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of infection.

However, The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill, Glasgow, was given three recommendations by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) following an inspection carried out in November.

In a report, the HEI said staff are working to comply with standards to protect those who use the hospital from the risk of acquiring infections.

The report set no requirements for the hospital, but recommended that attention to detail should be adhered to when hard to reach areas are being cleaned.

It said the majority of areas inspected were clean, however, the inspection team said there was dust on bed frames, television stands and window ledges in some of the wards.

All patient equipment was found to be clean, with a standard policy in place for the cleaning of toys.

The report also recommended that the hospital considers using more “child-friendly” posters by replacing any that are old or damaged, and that it should review the storage of personal protective equipment, such as gloves, to make sure that potentially contaminated equipment is not reused.

Susan Brimelow, HEI chief inspector, said: “We found that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is working to comply with standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring an infection.

“This is reflected in there being no requirements and three recommendations in the report.

“Children, young adults and their families are involved in planning and delivery of services, and staff are working together to reduce blood stream infections.

“We have recommended that domestic cleaning should include attention to detail for hard to reach areas and the storage of gloves in single rooms should be reviewed to ensure potentially contaminated equipment is not reused.”

The HEI was set up in April 2009 to undertake at least one announced and one unannounced inspection to each acute hospital in NHS Scotland every three years.

Its focus is to reduce the risk of hospital acquired infections to patients.



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