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Galloway Community Hospital

Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) announced inspection

Inspection date: 22 April 2010

Summary of inspection

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) carried out an announced inspection visit to Galloway Community Hospital, Stranraer on Thursday 22 April 2010.

Inspection focus

We assessed the hospital against the NHS QIS HAI standards and inspected the following areas:

  • Dalrymple ward (assessment/rehabilitation)
  • Garrick ward (acute medical receiving)
  • accident and emergency (A&E) department
  • day surgery unit
  • maternity unit
  • outpatients department
  • renal unit.

What the hospital did well

Overall, the inspection team found evidence that NHS Dumfries & Galloway is complying with the majority of the NHS QIS HAI standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring an infection. In particular:

  • 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 HAI were clear and defined
  • the role of infection control manager became full time from April 2010, and
  • a traceability system was in place to confirm that equipment had been cleaned.

What the hospital could do better

However, we did find that further improvement is required in the following areas:

  • 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.

The inspection visit to Galloway Community Hospital resulted in one requirement and four recommendations.

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

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Published Date: 31 May 2010


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.