NHS Lothian welcomes HEI report on the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

NHS Lothian has today (Monday 25 November) welcomed the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate’s report on the unannounced inspection of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The report relates to an unannounced inspection on Wednesday 2 October 2013 of the acute medical unit and wards 103, 104, 106, 118 and 205.

Four of five requirements which were made at a previous inspection on 30 April and 1 May this year were reviewed during the 2 October inspection as part of HEI’s standard inspection process.

Fiona Cameron, Head of Service, Infection Prevention and Control, NHS Lothian said:  “We are pleased that the inspectors recognised good progress in a number of areas since their last inspection.

“It is positive to note an improvement in the standard of environmental cleanliness in the acute medical unit and that staff knowledge, understanding and use of personal protective equipment has also improved.

“We are working proactively to address the recommendations highlighted by the inspectors and have already implemented new ways of working which will ensure that decisions to leave isolation doors open are documented in patient healthcare records and that cleaning schedules meet the specific needs of the acute medical unit.

“We are addressing the remaining requirements as a matter of priority as part of an ongoing improvement plan.

“Following the report, we have now received 200 new mattresses to support replacement across the site. We have also reinforced the checking process of mattress covers to identify any damage before it affects the mattress itself.

“We are also continuing to reinforce our hand hygiene non compliance policy to staff through internal channels including online reminders and via regular staff audits.”

The full HEI inspection report and an improvement action plan developed by NHS Lothian to address the identified issues are available to view at: http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/our_work/inspecting_and_regulating_care/hei_lothian_reports/rie_nov_13.aspx