Borders General Feb 13


HEI Inspection

“Overall we found that NHS Borders has made improvements since our previous inspection of the hospital and is complying with most standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from acquiring an infection. The hospital was clean and well maintained and staff were aware of their responsibilities in relation to infection prevention and control. We also identified some areas for improvement, however, including that cleaning schedules must be consistently completed. We expect NHS Borders to address these areas as a matter of priority.”

Susan Brimelow - Chief Inspector

Borders General Hospital

Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) unannounced inspection

Inspection date: 12 December 2012

Borders General Hospital, Melrose, serves the Scottish Borders region. It contains 273 staffed beds and has a full range of healthcare specialties.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) previously inspected Borders General Hospital in December 2010. That inspection resulted in three requirements and three recommendations.

We carried out an unannounced inspection to Borders General Hospital on Wednesday 12 December 2012.

We assessed the hospital against the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) healthcare associated infection (HAI) standards and inspected the following areas:

  • emergency department
  • ward 4 (medical admissions unit)
  • ward 6 (general medicine)
  • ward 7 (general surgery)
  • ward 9 (orthopaedic surgery)
  • ward 10 (elderly assessment)
  • ward 11/14 (stroke/palliative care), and
  • ward 15 (medical paediatrics).

This report highlights areas of strengths as well as areas for further improvement, including requirements and recommendations.

The improvement action plan for this inspection has now been removed from the HEI website, as the inspection took place more than 16 weeks ago. Please contact NHS Borders for further information on progress against this action plan.

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Published Date: 20 February 2013


Borders General Hospital overview

Find out more about this hospital, including the latest inspection report, on the Borders General Hospital 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.