Hospital still not up to scratch, says report

Stranraer’s Galloway Community Hospital has not improved in all 26 areas identified in a damning report last year, say inspectors.

After re-visiting the hospital recently, Healthcare Improvement Scotland found that only seven of the 26 areas had been addressed.

It said NHS Dumfries and Galloway “must address the requirement and recommendations, with any necessary improvements made, as a matter of priority.”

The first visits last November and January highlighted what inspectors called “significant concers” and led to another unannounced visit in March.

Areas still causing concern included the need for a better implementation of the national colour coding scheme for hospital cleaning materials and equipment across the wards to minimise the risk of infection, and the level of compliance regarding antibiotic prescribing documentation was poor.

But inspectors did find that patients were mostly complimentary about their care in the hospital and that communication between staff and senior management had improved.

Other positives highlighted included: the overall standard of cleanliness of wards and departments was good; the hospital building was well maintained and in a good state of repair; the roles and responsibilities in relation to infections were clear and defined and a traceability system was in place to confirm that equipment had been cleaned.

Jacqui Macrae, Head of Quality of Care, said: “In March, we acknowledged areas where improvements have been made in relation to the care provided to older people.

“Of the areas for improvement identified previously, we saw evidence during this inspection that NHS Dumfries and Galloway has met seven.

“Three of the areas will be carried forward to future inspections and 16 areas will remain as areas for improvement.”