Forth Valley Royal Hospital lacking when it comes to breast milk storage

Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Health inspectors found Forth Valley Royal Hospital lacking when it came to breast milk storage.

A surprise visit from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate back in February found staff in the neonatal unit were unaware of Royal College of Nursing’s best practice guidance which states fresh expressed breast milk should be refrigerated below 4oC.

Although the report stated FVRH was taking a proactive approach to infection control and had created a healthcare environment which minimises the risk of infection to patients, staff and visitors, there were still issues to be addressed - like domestic staff telling inspectors they had not received any training on dealing with the common bacterium pseudomonas aeruginosa.

A FVRH spokesperson said: “Feedback from patients interviewed during the inspection was very positive, with many commenting on the high standards of care, hygiene and cleanliness.

“Action was taken immediately to address the small number of issues identified in the report. We remain committed to providing a safe, clean and pleasant environment for patients, staff and visitors in the hospital.”