Galloway Community Hospital praised by inspectors

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate this week issued a positive report following an unannounced inspection at the Galloway Community Hospital (GCH), Stranraer in May 2013.

The inspectors’ report said the hospital is meeting the majority of standards for protecting patients, staff and visitors from the risk of infection.

The report commends the hospital for its good standards of cleanliness and hygiene - three patients were interviewed by HEI inspectors and all praised the high level of cleanliness at the hospital.

The report also notes that staff at the hospital had a good understanding of their infection prevention and control responsibilities.

Professor Hazel Borland, Nurse Director and Executive Lead for Infection Control said: “Ensuring that our hospitals are safe and clean is one of NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s top priorities. I am pleased that the HEI inspectors have reported on some of the good progress that staff made in preventing and controlling infection.”

In addition to areas of good practice the report includes requirements for improvement. These relate to infection prevention and control and mattress audit procedures, the management of sharps and the monitoring of drug refrigerator temperatures.

Mr Jeff Ace, Chief Executive NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “NHS Dumfries and Galloway welcome the recommendations made by the HEI. We are already in the process of developing an action plan to ensure these requirements are addressed and lead to sustained improvements.”