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Western Isles Hospital infection team unaware of dog visits

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Image caption NHS Western Isles has been told to have a policy on pets visiting its sites

A hospital's infection control team had no knowledge of regular visits to the building by a patient's dog, a watchdog has said.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) was told by staff and patients at Western Isles Hospital that the pet was brought to a day room on a ward.

Inspectors said the infection team had not been consulted on the visits.

The hospital in Stornoway also had no policy for assessing any health risks from pets being brought into wards.

The HEI said having a policy must be a priority for NHS Western Isles.

The watchdog made an unannounced visit to the hospital in March. Inspectors said staff were complying with most standards to protect themselves, patients and visitors from the risk of infection.

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