Hospital cleanliness ‘poor’

Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary has been ordered to improve its cleanliness “as a matter of priority” after inspectors visited in January.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) has issued eight requirements and three recommendations after inspectors found dusty equipment including ventilators, drip stands and blood pressure monitors, and medical staff moving from patient bedsides to other areas of the ward without removing their protective equipment.

Jeff Ace, chief executive of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, said: “The report does not identify harm to patients. It does, however, identify environmental and other latent risks, and we have moved extremely quickly to address these.”