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Hospital cleans up its act after damning inspection

Concerns remain over hand hygiene at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Hospital: Inspectors made unannounced follow-up visit.
Hospital: Inspectors made unannounced follow-up visit. © HEMEDIA / SWNS Group

A healthcare watchdog has said "good progress" is being made after a cleanliness inspection of a Glasgow hospital.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate on Tuesday published its report of the unannounced follow-up visit to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, assessing progress after a previous inspection in January 2017.

Inspectors said nine out of ten recommendations had been fully met by the hospital and one partially met.

A number of medical staff "did not use hand hygiene" at appropriate times, they said.

Alastair McGown, senior inspector at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, said: "During this inspection of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital we were pleased to see that good progress had been made in relation to the issues we identified at our last safety and cleanliness inspection earlier this year.

"We saw a number of improvements, including the use of weekly environmental cleanliness audits, the retraining of facilities management staff and domestic supervisors, and improved cleanliness of public areas."

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He added: "Moreover, hand hygiene compliance was good with nursing and domestic staff, but a number of medical staff did not take the opportunity to perform hand hygiene at the appropriate times.

"We will continue to monitor progress during future inspections."

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said it had taken immediate action following the previous report.

Dr Margaret McGuire, NHSGGC's director of nursing, said: "This report highlights the immediate actions we took following the inspection team's visit in January.

"The remaining requirement which has been partially met is linked to compliance with hand hygiene at appropriate times and we will work with staff to ensure this is met."

The 1677-bed hospital opened in May 2015.

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