Fall in clean­ing stan­dards at hos­pi­tal sparks concern

More staff to be brought in

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - NEWS - By Neil Evans

HOS­PI­TAL bosses have been forced to bring more staff on to a ward to im­prove clean­ing, the Evening Ex­press can re­veal to­day.

A damn­ing re­port from Health Fa­cil­i­ties Scot­land showed stan­dards dropped last year at Wood­end Hos­pi­tal in Aberdeen.

The watch­dog also re­vealed the hos­pi­tal had been high­lighted for not meet­ing stan­dards in the last seven quar­terly re­ports, dat­ing back to 2009.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment met NHS Grampian of­fi­cials about the sit­u­a­tion and the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s board said it was tak­ing ac­tion.

The clean­li­ness score – which as­sesses the state of the hos­pi­tal as a per­cent­age – dropped from 89.9% in June last year, to 86.9% at the end of the year.

North-east MSP Lewis Mac­don­ald said he was “deeply con­cerned” by the re­port. He said: “Pa­tients in the North-east have the right to ex­pect that if they or a loved one are ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal they will be treated in clean and safe con­di­tions.

“Pa­tients de­serve clar­ity on what has gone wrong at Wood­end and an as­sur­ance that all the stops will be pulled out to rec­tify the prob­lems.”

An NHS Grampian spokes­woman said “As a Vic­to­rian build­ing, main­tain­ing 21st cen­tury stan­dards at Wood­end is chal­leng­ing and this is re­flected in the lower scores.

“How­ever, we take our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties ex­tremely se­ri­ously and this is borne out in the re­cent sub­stan­tial work to bring Ward 17 up to the cur­rent in­fec­tion con­trol stan­dards.

“This re­port is based on our own hon­est and thor­ough as­sess­ment of our per­for­mance along with in­put from pa­tient and pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“The NHS Grampian board has ap­proved a re­quest for ad­di­tional do­mes­tic staff and it is ex­pected they will be in post by late July.”

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