Highlands & Islands

Watchdog seeks further improvements at hospital

NHS Western Isles has been asked to regularly review infection prevention and control measures at its Uist and Barra Hospital in Benbecula.

Hospitals hygiene watchdog, Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI), said progress had been made since an inspection in October 2016.

Staff not fully complying with waste management guidelines was an issue.

After a follow up inspection in February, HEI has made two further requirements and a recommendation.

Sara Twaddle, of HEI, said: "This inspection was a follow-up on the requirements made in our previous report from October 2016.

"During our inspection of Uist and Barra Hospital we noted progress has been made to address these issues.

"However, this inspection has resulted in two new requirements.

"NHS Western Isles must ensure that all infection prevention and control policies and standard operating procedures are reviewed and continue to be reviewed at least every two years."

Ms Twaddle said NHS Western Isles has drawn up an action plan.

She added that HEI would continue to monitor the cleanliness of Uist and Barra Hospital at future inspections.

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