Highlands & Islands

Soiled uniforms advice to Skye hospital staff

Staff at Skye's Mackinnon Memorial Hospital have been warned against taking soiled uniforms home to be washed.

They have also been urged to wear disposable aprons as a matter of routine when serving food to patients.

The advice to NHS Highland followed a visit by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI).

Overall, inspectors found the hospital clean and staff working towards infection control measures.

In a newly published report, the HEI set out two requirements and five recommendations on how patients, visitors and staff could be better protected.

NHS Highland, in its action plan following the insepction, said the hospital would closer follow rules on the cleaning of uniforms soiled by blood or faeces and the regular wearing of disposable aprons.

Worked hard

Inspectors visited the hospital over two days in July this year.

In their report, they said the hospital was clean.

They also said there was regular communication between ward staff, the infection control team and local management.

NHS Highland said work was already under way on making the improvements.

Alison Hudson, lead nurse for the health board's Mid Highland Community Health Partnership, said staff worked hard to meet national standards.

She said: "We are pleased with the overall report for Mackinnon Memorial and the inspection team's comment that it is clear the staff are proud of the hospital.

"We recognise that all staff have worked very hard to achieve this standard too.

"We were able to show that our staff are trained in and have a good awareness of infection control procedures, were able to demonstrate that infection control precautions are in place and that routine monitoring is undertaken."

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