NHS Lothian Achieves Top Score for Cleanliness

NHS Lothian has chalked up a third successive top score in a new national audit of hygiene standards.

It achieved an overall score of 94.6% on the new cleanliness scale, keeping NHS Lothian firmly in the green top score area on the traffic light system in place.

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh scored a second successive improvement in its position, taking its achievement to 93.3% for the quarter from October to the end of December 2006.

The figures are contained in a report being published by NHS Health Facilities Scotland, which monitors cleanliness across the NHS in Scotland.

St John's Hospital in Livingston was assessed at over 96% compliance for the third successive quarter, while the Western General in Edinburgh also achieved its second score in a row in excess of 94%

Bob Anderson, the interim chairman of NHS Lothian, said:

"I would like to thank our staff for their hard work in keeping our patients safe by taking issues of hygiene and cleanliness extremely seriously. This continued attainment of the top score shows that we are remaining focussed on improving our record in this area and we will press on in future to ensure that our tally on this scale remains high."