Hospital given a clean bill of health
A POSITIVE inspection of Western Isles Hospital has been welcomed by NHS.
The facility on Lewis was examined by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) without prior warning and found it to be clean and safe.
Inspectors met patients and staff, visited wards and inspected equipment and found the hospital was meeting national standards. Just one improvement requirement was noted, relating to handling and storing breast milk.
Dr Neil Galbraith, chairman of NHS Western Isles, welcomed the report: ‘The board takes a close interest in maintaining the standards of cleanliness within our hospitals because of the high correlation with patient safety.
‘We welcome the inspection findings which largely corroborate the Western Isles Hospital’s own self-assessment report and provide the external reassurance that our cleanliness and anti-infection regimes are being effective.
‘The board notes the one requirement emerging from the inspection and will look to have the policy paper produced and related practice brought into being with immediate effect.’