Larbert hospital staff are praised for response

Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Forth Valley has been given a clean bill of health for the way it handles “adverse events” affecting patients, staff and visitors.

All health authorities in Scotland were reviewed following revelations that one had withheld reports about incidents, including those involving patient deaths.

The inspections were ordered by then Cabinet Secretary for Health, Nicola Sturgeon, after an in-depth review of NHS Ayrshire and Arran came up with a list of recommendations to ensure serious incidents were properly managed and to reduce the risk of them re-occurring.

NHS Forth Valley was visited on November 28 last year and a report published last week in to the findings by health inspectors.

They noted that the health board had carried out a “significant amount” of work following the publishing of the NHS Ayrshire and Arran report.

The inspectors stated: “We saw a commitment to a culture that supports learning and continuous improvement to increase the quality and safety of healthcare across the NHS board.”

A spokesperson for NHS Forth Valley said: “We welcome this report which identifies many areas of good practice in the management of adverse events within Forth Valley.

“These include the level of staff involvement in incident reporting and feedback, our ongoing programme of staff training and the changes we have made to our incident management system in response to feedback from staff.

“Many of the report recommendations have already been addressed and we have also revised our incident management policy and created additional support materials to further improve the management and monitoring of adverse events across the organisation.”