An inspection of an Argyll hospital showed that it was clean in “most” areas.
The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) has published its report from an announced visit to Mid Argyll Community Hospital in Lochgilphead in July.
Inspectors have made four requirements and four recommendations, following their visit. Improvements were called for in the management of patient linen, and the standard of cleaning patient equipment.
Susan Brimelow, HEI chief inspector, said: “Overall, we found evidence that the hospital environment was clean in most areas, and staff were complying with the majority of standard infection control precautions. However, we did find that further improvement is required, in particular, improving the management of patient linen, and improving the standard of cleaning patient equipment. NHS Highland must address the requirements and the necessary improvements made, as a matter of priority.”
Pat Tyrrell, lead nurse for Argyll and Bute Community Health Partnership, said: “We are delighted that HEI have recognised that the hospital is clean in most areas and that the infection rates within this hospital are very low.
“However we also accept the areas that have been highlighted for improvement and have already taken action to address these. We have put new systems in place to make sure that staff are compliant with all of the requirements.”