Wiltshire

Hygiene alert at ambulance station run by Wiltshire trust

Overflowing clinical waste bins, inadequate hygiene instructions and dirty sinks were found at an ambulance station run by a Wiltshire-based trust.

A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report revealed standards at a station run by the Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) were unsatisfactory.

It said the service was failing to protect adequately against the risk of infection.

A GWAS spokesman said it took the concerns "extremely seriously".

The spokesman said standards were being monitored at the station.

'Important safeguards'

Liam Williams, GWAS Director of Nursing, said the ambulance service had put "steps in place" regarding the issue.

Mr Williams also praised the "overall positive" nature of the CQC's report, following the inspection in December.

"The safety and welfare of our patients and staff are at the heart of everything we do as an organisation," he said.

"These regular, rigorous CQC inspections are important safeguards in reassuring the public that we remain committed to providing the highest quality care to the people we serve."

The report also found only 52% of staff had received an appraisal in the past 12 months, but the service said this had now risen to 70%.

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