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Improvements at Hairmyres Hospital after hygiene concerns

Hairmyres Hospital Image copyright HEI
Image caption HEI reports last year highlighted contamination of patient equipment at Hairmyres Hospital

A hospital that was reported to ministers over failures to meet hygiene standards has "significantly improved", inspectors have said.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) found blood and body fluids on patient equipment at Hairmyres Hospital during visits in September and October.

This led to NHS Lanarkshire being reported to the Scottish government.

After a follow up visit in January, HEI said most equipment was "clean and ready for use".

Chief inspector Susan Brimelow said: "During this inspection, we saw evidence that improvements had been made and were in place.

"In particular, the standard of environmental cleanliness had significantly improved and the majority of patient equipment inspected was clean and ready for use.

'Dust and grime'

"However, we did find that further improvement is required to ensure the process in place for documenting the insertion of peripheral vascular catheters (PVCs) is followed."

HEI found patient trolleys, bed frames and commodes contaminated with blood and body fluids during a visit in October, a month after inspectors had flagged up the issue on a previous visit.

During the September inspection they had also identified "significant amounts of dust and grime" in several areas of the hospital.

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Image caption NHS Lanarkshire said that the latest report on Hairmyres Hospital was "positive"

They issued five urgent requirements, of which three have been met by NHS Lanarkshire. A further one has been partially met, HEI said.

The hospital had yet to meet standards on the use of PVCs.

Ms Brimelow said: "This inspection resulted in one requirement which must be addressed as a matter of priority. We will follow up this concern at future inspections."

Calum Campbell, chief executive, NHS Lanarkshire, said: "Overall, this is a positive report and we are pleased that the inspectors have recognised the hard work that has taken place to improve healthcare environment standards at Hairmyres Hospital.

"We are committed to making further improvements and have action plans in place.

"Work is already underway to address the report's one requirement to ensure that the insertion of peripheral vascular catheters is properly recorded."

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