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Scotland's unhygienic hospitals revealed

23rd November 2010

The head of NHS Scotland's hygiene inspectorate has said new national guidelines should be put in place to address concerns about cleanliness.


Susan Brimelow discovered mattresses with body fluid stains and used commodes which were labelled clean as part of inspections performed by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI).

The inspectors found that in 12 out of 29 hospitals, workers failed to maintain the basic measures necessary to prevent the spread of superbugs and standards were labelled "poor".

In 12 hospitals communication between workers and managers had failed, as managers did not know there were issues on the wards.

Susan Brimelow's first yearly report for the HEI found inadequate cleaning at the 12 hospitals, including dust around different areas of the wards.

Ms Brimelow, chief inspector for the inspectorate, said: "Patients deserve the highest standards from the NHS, wherever they live in Scotland. It is vital they have absolute confidence in the care they receive if they need hospital treatment."

"Overall, we have found most hospitals are generally clean and improving. However, there are still important areas for further improvement. In particular, we expect to see rapid and sustained improvements in the coming year that focus on improved cleaning of hospital equipment."

The 12 hospitals which were deemed to have poor cleanliness standards were: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; Ayr Hospital; Borders General Hospital, Melrose; Western General Hospital, Edinburgh; Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride; Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy; Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock; Arran War Memorial Hospital; St John’s Hospital, Livingston; Monklands Hospital, Airdrie; Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline and Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.


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