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Inspectors criticise A&E cleanliness at Wishaw Hospital

Wishaw General Hospital
Image caption Inspectors visited Wishaw General Hospital in August

Inspectors have criticised the level of cleanliness at the accident and emergency in a Lanarkshire hospital.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate found dust under patient trolleys, on floors, cupboards and near patient equipment at Wishaw Hospital in August.

Hair was also found in trolley wheels and many patients had not been given information about preventing infection.

Other areas of the hospital were found to be clean and patients reported a good standard of cleanliness generally.

'Protecting patients'

Healthcare Environment Inspectorate acting chief inspector, Ian Smith, said: "We found that NHS Lanarkshire is complying with the majority of standards to protect people in the hospital from acquiring an infection.

"Staff are aware of their responsibilities for infection prevention and control, and patients with known infections are cared for appropriately in dedicated isolation facilities.

"However we have also identified areas for improvement, including the cleaning of the accident and emergency department."

NHS Lanarkshire's Heather Gourlay said the health board was "pleased that overall the inspectors found that we were protecting patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring an infection".

"They highlighted that staff were aware of their individual responsibilities with regards to infection prevention and control, and patients that with known infections were risk assessed and cared for appropriately in dedicated isolation facilities," she said.

"We are committed to making further improvements and already have in place a detailed action plan to tackle the inspections requirements and recommendations.

"This includes additional audits in accident and emergency to ensure it meets the same high standards of cleanliness that the inspectors found in the rest of the hospital."

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