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Ward shuts due to poor cleanliness

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Poor standards of cleanliness have led inspectors to order the closure of a neurosurgery ward in a Northern Ireland hospital, it has been revealed.

An unannounced inspection was conducted at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital last month while refurbishment work was under way.

The body responsible for keeping the Northern Ireland government informed about the overall state and provision of health services - the Regulation and Quality Improvement Agency (RQIA) - said the ward ‘fell short of the required standard of cleanliness’.

A spokesman continued: ‘RQIA wrote to the trust’s chief executive asking that he takes immediate steps to improve the situation on this ward.

‘The RQIA has now been advised that the Belfast trust has now closed the ward for refurbishment. The trust has also provided an action plan outlining how it intends to improve hygiene on this ward.”

Nine neurosurgery beds at the west Belfast site have been closed and the RQIA will be issuing a full report on the findings of the inspection on Ward 4F to the trust shortly.

A spokesman for the Royal said: ‘The trust is currently carrying out refurbishment work as agreed with the RQIA.’

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