Fall in cleaning standards at hospital sparks concern
More staff to be brought in
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.”