Hospi­tal re­ceives pos­i­tive re­port

The Oban Times - - News -

THE Health­care En­vi­ron­ment In­spec­torate (HEI) has to­day (Jan­uary 18) pub­lished its re­port into an unan­nounced in­spec­tion visit to Belford Hospi­tal in Fort Wil­liam.

The pos­i­tive re­port has high­lighted a num­ber of ar­eas of good prac­tice within the hospi­tal and has been wel­comed by NHS High­land.

Ali­son Hud­son, lead nurse for North and West High­land, is de­lighted that the hard work put in by all staff across the hospi­tal has been re­flected in the re­port.

She said: ‘The in­spec­tion team found that the hospi­tal was clean and well main­tained, and staff were able to demon­strate their knowl­edge on a num­ber of in­fec­tion con­trol pre­cau­tions and pro­ce­dures.

‘Com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween our­selves and our pa­tients was com­mended, with pa­tients telling the in­spec­tion team that they were well in­formed about their care and in­fec­tion con­trol pre­cau­tions. There was also good en­gage­ment shown be­tween dif­fer­ent staff groups.’

Anne Boyd-Mackay, ru­ral gen­eral hospi­tal man­ager, also com­mended the hard work and com­mit­ment of all staff to achieve such a pos­i­tive in­spec­tion re­port.

The in­spec­tion also re­sulted in one re­quire­ment and one rec­om­men­da­tion. Work has al­ready be­gun on the ar­eas iden­ti­fied.

Ms Boyd-Mackay added: ‘ We have been tri­alling new doc­u­men­ta­tion which will al­low us to show ev­i­dence of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with pa­tients and rel­a­tives and we have looked at the au­tho­ri­sa­tion process for or­der­ing with a new method cur­rently be­ing tested.’

The rec­om­men­da­tion is to use stor­age boxes pur­chased to hold pa­tients’ toi­letries. Prior to the pur­chase of these boxes, hospi­tal ser­vices staff found it dif­fi­cult to clean bed spa­ces due to the amount of be­long­ings longert­erm pa­tients have with them in hospi­tal.

Staff were keen not to de­prive pa­tients of hav­ing what they feel is im­por­tant to them. The mat­ter was raised with in­fec­tion con­trol, and an agree­ment was made to pur­chase plas­tic boxes with lids that are lightweight, eas­ily cleaned and coloured red for pa­tients with cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment or sight prob­lems. These were pur­chased from Ama­zon.

The boxes are able to be de­con­tam­i­nated and are user friendly. They are cleaned weekly.

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