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Hospital hygiene criticised

21st December 2010

According to the results of an inspection by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate, Ninewells Hospital in Dundee needs to do more to improve hygiene.

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The inspectors stated the hospital had not completely solved two issues brought up during an inspection carried out a year before. 

However, the HEI report acknowledged that on the whole NHS Tayside was on its way to meeting the infection standards.

The inspectors carried out a surprise visit on the 16 and 17 November. They looked at 11 wards, including the intensive care unit, the children's ward and the A&E department.

In 2009, there were five deaths at the hospital following an outbreak of Clostridum difficile.

The report showed that there were 11 areas in which the hospital needed to improve in order to meet NHS quality standards for infection prevention and control.

The deputy chief executive of NHS Tayside, Gerry Marr, said they were "obviously disappointed" by parts of the HEI report.

"The report did state that overall the inspection team found the ward environment and clinical areas to be clean, but some of the observed findings are unacceptable for NHS Tayside."

"We are working closely in partnership with our staff side colleagues to make sure all our staff are supported as we concentrate on the issues raised surrounding hygiene and infection control and reinforce best practice across all our wards and departments,"  he added.

 

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