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Uist and Barra Community Hospital

Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) Unannounced follow-up inspection

Inspection dates: 7 and 8 February 2017

Summary of inspection

We previously inspected Uist and Barra Hospital in October 2016. That inspection resulted in five requirements and one recommendation. As a result of that inspection, NHS Western Isles produced a detailed improvement action plan and submitted this to us. This follow-up report should be read along with the previous October 2016 report.

We carried out an unannounced follow-up inspection to Uist and Barra Hospital from Tuesday 7 to Wednesday 8 February 2017. The purpose of the inspection was to:

  • assess progress with the requirements and recommendation made at the previous inspection in October 2016, and
  • assess the hospital against the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Standards (February 2015).

The report also takes account of the information supplied by NHS Western Isles in the 16-week improvement action plan submitted in late February 2017. This plan details the action taken by the NHS board to address the requirements and recommendation we made at our previous inspection.

Inspection focus

We inspected the following areas:

  • main ward, and
  • outpatients department.

Inspection findings

We inspected three of the five requirements made at the previous inspection in October 2016. The other two requirements were not due to be completed at the time of this follow-up inspection. We found that NHS Western Isles has partially met the three requirements.

This inspection resulted in two new requirements and one new recommendation. All five requirements remain outstanding from the October 2016 inspection and will be carried forward. All requirements are linked to compliance with the Healthcare Improvement Scotland HAI standards (2015).

NHS Western Isles 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 Western Isles for further information on progress against this action plan'.

Speaking of the report, Sara Twaddle, Interim Director of Quality Assurance for Healthcare Improvement Scotland, said:

“This inspection was a follow-up on the requirements made in our previous report from October 2016. During our inspection of Uist and Barra Hospital we noted progress has been made to address these issues.

“However, this inspection has resulted in two new requirements. NHS Western Isles must ensure that all infection prevention and control policies and standard operating procedures are reviewed and continue to be reviewed at least every two years.

“The board has drawn up an action plan and we will continue to monitor the cleanliness of Uist and Barra Hospital at future inspections.”

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Published Date: 19 April 2017


Uist and Barra 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.