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Falkirk hospital first to get clean bill of health

Staff from Falkirk Community Hospital who were praised in the recent HEI report which revealed it as Scotland's cleanest health facility
Picture: Michael Gillen(141403)

Staff from Falkirk Community Hospital who were praised in the recent HEI report which revealed it as Scotland's cleanest health facility Picture: Michael Gillen(141403)

 

Staff were praised after Falkirk Community Hospital became the first in the country to be given a clean bill of health.

Inspectors made an unannounced two-day visit to the facility in Westburn Avenue at the end of May to check on cleanliness levels and if it was meeting national standards.

This week it was revealed that the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) was so impressed by what it found that no requirements or recommendations were needed.

A delighted Jane Grant, chief executive of NHS Forth Valley which runs the community hospital, thanked staff for their efforts but added there was no room for complacency and now the challenge was to continue to meet the high standards.

She said: “The report reflects the hard work carried out by staff over the last year to improve the inpatient wards and create a safe, clean and pleasant environment for patients, staff and visitors.

“Feedback from patients interviewed during the inspection was also very positive with many highlighting the rigorous approach to cleaning and complimenting staff on their professional and courteous approach.”

Susan Brimelow, HEI chief inspector, said she was delighted with the “exemplary inspection”.

She added: “This was our first visit to Falkirk Community Hospital and is the first, outwith a follow-up, to result in no requirements or recommendations.

“During our visit, we identified a number of areas where NHS Forth Valley is performing at a high standard. We found a comprehensive and effective range of infection control audit systems in place, helping to minimise the risk of infection to patients, visitors and staff.”

Ms Brimelow said staff compliance with hand hygiene was “excellent”.

 

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