Hospital makes good progress in fight against infection

Image caption, The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate was set up to reduce healthcare associated infections

A Kirkcaldy hospital has made good progress in its efforts to protect against hospital acquired infections.

A report from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) praised cleanliness in all wards inspected in the Victoria Hospital.

It said there were good risk assessment and patient management processes in place to minimise the risk of infection.

However the report identified a number of areas for improvement.

It called for a review of the accountability within the infection control team and the responsibilities of the infection control manager.

The inspectors said all staff must have access to up-to-date infection control measures and there must be full implementation of policies regarding waste management and disposal.

They recommended that NHS Fife continues to roll out their corporate cleaning schedules and that these are consistently implemented.

NHS Fife was praised for its clear, strategic leadership in place, good risk assessment and strong patient management in relation to hospital acquired infections.

Susan Brimelow, HEI chief inspector, said: "On the day of the inspection NHS Fife was able to show that they are making good progress against the NHS QIS standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risks of acquiring an HAI.

"The report identifies three requirements and one recommendation for improvement which have been agreed by senior staff at NHS Fife and we fully expect that these will be addressed and the necessary improvements made as a matter of priority".

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "The Scottish government has made tackling hospital infections a top priority."

Ms Sturgeon said the report showed that Victoria Hospital had adopted a number of good practices, but there were areas for improvement and she would like to see NHS Fife implement them as soon as possible.

"We want the public to have complete confidence in the cleanliness of hospitals and the quality of patient care."

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