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"During our inspection of Galloway Community Hospital we saw staff using good hand hygiene practices and adhering to standard infection control precautions while carrying out their duties.

“However, we identified issues for improvement. NHS Dumfries & Galloway must ensure that all storage areas are suitable, with appropriate finishes to enable effective cleaning to include walls, ceilings and flooring.

“The NHS board has drawn up an action plan to address these issues. We will continue to monitor the cleanliness of Galloway Community Hospital at future inspections.”

Alastair McGown, Senior Inspector for Healthcare Improvement Scotland


Galloway Community Hospital

Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) unannounced inspection

Inspection date: 1 and 2 March 2017

Summary of inspection

We carried out an unannounced inspection to Galloway Community Hospital from Wednesday 1 to Thursday 2 March 2017. We previously inspected Galloway Community Hospital in May 2013. That inspection resulted in four requirements and one recommendation.

Inspection focus

This was the first inspection of the hospital against the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Standards (February 2015). Before carrying out this inspection, we reviewed NHS Dumfries & Galloway’s self-assessment and previous Galloway Community Hospital inspection reports.

This informed our decision on which standards to focus on during this inspection:

  • Standard 2: Education to support the prevention and control of infection
  • Standard 3: Communication between organisations and with the patient or their representative
  • Standard 6: Infection prevention and control policies, procedures and guidance, and
  • Standard 8: Decontamination.

We inspected the following areas:

  • accident and emergency department
  • birthing unit
  • Dalrymple ward (rehabilitation, palliative care, end-of-life care)
  • day surgery
  • Garrick ward (acute medical admission, stroke), and
  • renal unit.

What the hospital did well

  • The standard of environmental cleanliness.
  • Adherence to hand hygiene requirements.
  • Domestic staff described a positive working relationship and very good communication with nursing staff.

What the hospital could do better

  • Ensure all areas used for storage are able to be effectively cleaned.
  • Ensure all equipment requiring service, maintenance, repair or disposal has a decontamination certificate in place.

This inspection resulted in five requirements and one recommendation. The requirements are linked to compliance with the Healthcare Improvement Scotland HAI standards. A full list of the requirements and recommendation can be found in Appendix 1.

'The improvement action plan for this inspection has now been removed from the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website, as the inspection took place more than 16 weeks ago.  Please contact NHS Dumfries & Galloway Board for further information on progress against this action plan'

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Published Date: 11 May 2017


Galloway Community Hospital overview

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Types of inspections

Inspections may be announced or unannounced and will involve physical inspection of the clinical areas, and interviews with staff and patients. We will publish a written report 8 weeks after the inspection.

  • Announced inspection: the service provider will be given at least 4 weeks’ notice of the inspection by letter or email.
  • Unannounced inspection: the service provider will not be given any advance warning of the inspection.
  • Follow-up inspection: the NHS board and hospital may or may not be given advance notice of the inspection. A safety and cleanliness follow-up inspection will take place no later than 26 weeks from the publication of the initial report.