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Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital told to clean up its act

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) has recommended that Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital make a series of improvements after an inspection of the site. Following the visit, which was conducted in late September, the HEI has flagged up 11 requirements, which a spokesperson said NHS Grampian is “fully expected to address”, plus nine recommendations.

The problems which were discovered included staff not washing their hands properly and wearing long sleeves despite them being banned, and two out of three  mattresses that were checked being stained.

[quote top=Susan Brimelow, HEI chief inspector, said:] Overall we found evidence that NHS Grampian is working hard to comply with the majority of NHS QIS HAI standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring an infection. However, there are some significant areas for improvement including adequate cleaning of patient equipment. [/quote]

“Further improvement is also required in implementing a reliable system of checking mattresses to ensure they are clean and fit for purpose at all times. NHS Grampian must also ensure that there is an adequate and suitable supply of personal protective equipment available in all wards and departments so that staff can comply with standard infection control precautions.”