Southern General Oct 11


Southern General Hospital

HAI unannounced inspection

Inspection date: October 2011

The Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, is a teaching hospital with approximately 917 beds. The hospital provides a range of acute and related clinical services. While some services, such as obstetrics, dermatology and urology, are provided for the whole city, the majority of services are provided for the south-west of Glasgow.

We previously inspected Southern General Hospital in March 2010. That inspection resulted in two requirements and six recommendations.

We carried out an unannounced inspection to Southern General Hospital on Monday 22 August 2011.

We assessed the hospital against the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) HAI standards and inspected the following areas on Monday 22 August 2011:

  • accident and emergency
  • outpatients department
  • ward 1 (orthopaedic trauma)
  • ward 4 (general surgery)
  • ward 5 (orthopaedic)
  • ward 10 (urology)
  • ward 11 (urology)
  • ward 21 (general medicine)
  • ward 47 (maternity)
  • ward 56 (stroke/stroke rehabilitation)
  • ward 61 (intensive treatment unit), and
  • ward 63 (neurosurgery).

On Friday 2 September 2011, a further unannounced inspection was made because of the significant concerns we had about cleanliness in some wards to ensure the necessary actions were taken to improve standards of cleanliness. This follow-up inspection found little improvement. However, patient equipment cleaning had improved. We inspected the following areas:

  • ward 1 (orthopaedic trauma)
  • ward 3 (general surgery - receiving)
  • ward 5 (orthopaedic)
  • ward 10 (urology)
  • ward 11 (urology)
  • ward 26 (general medicine)
  • ward 56 (stroke/stroke rehabilitation), and
  • ward 65 (neurosurgery).

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 Greater Glasgow and Clyde for further information on progress against this action plan.

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Published Date: 3 October 2011