Ferryfield House Jul 17

“This was a positive first inspection of the safety and cleanliness of Ferryfield House community hospital in Edinburgh. We found that the environment and equipment was clean and in a good state of repair. We also found there was good communication between the nursing, domestic and estates staff.

"We have asked NHS Lothian to review the laundry-handling process within the ward that we inspected.”

Alastair McGown, Senior Inspector for Healthcare Improvement Scotland







Ferryfield House 

Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) announced inspection

Inspection date: 3 - 4 May 2017

Summary of inspection

We carried out an announced inspection to Ferryfield House from Wednesday 3 to Thursday 4 May 2017. This is the first inspection that we have carried out at this hospital

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 Lothian’s self-assessment.

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

  • Standard 6: Infection prevention and control policies, procedures and guidance
  • Standard 8: Decontamination, and
  • Standard 9: Acquisition of equipment.

We inspected the following area:

  • Willow suite (elderly psychiatry).

What the hospital did well

  • The environment and equipment was clean and in a good state of repair.
  • There was good communication between the nursing, domestic and estates staff.

What the hospital could do better

  • An appropriate receptacle must be provided for the safe deposit of used and infectious linen.

The report highlights areas of strength and weakness as well as areas for further improvement, including requirements and recommendations.

The inspection resulted in one requirement and one recommendation.

NHS Lothian must address the requirements and make the necessary improvements within the stated timescales.

'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 Lothian for further information on progress against this action plan'




Published Date: 12 July 2017


Ferryfield House  overview

Find out more about this hospital, including the latest inspection report, on the Ferryfield House overview page.

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.