Galloway Community Hospital
Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) announced
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.
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
- the hospital building was well maintained and in a good state
- the roles and responsibilities in relation to HAI were clear
- 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
- 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
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Published Date: 31 May 2010