Southern General Oct 11

Southern General Hospital

Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) unannounced inspection

Inspection date: October 2011

Summary of inspection

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) 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.

Inspection focus

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).

What the hospital did well

  • the inspection team noted good compliance with the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde uniform policy, and
  • staff demonstrated good awareness of antimicrobial prescribing policies and guidance was visible on all wards.

What the hospital could do better

  • both environmental and patient equipment cleaning
  • staff understanding of their roles and responsibilities in relation to maintaining a clean environment, and
  • communication between the facilities department and ward and departmental staff.

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

This inspection resulted in four requirements.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde must address the requirements and the necessary improvements made, as a matter of priority.

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


Southern General 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.