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Aberdeen children's hospital rapped over cleanliness

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Image caption Inspectors found evidence of staff not washing their hands properly

Health inspectors have demanded improvements to guarantee cleanliness at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital after raising a number of concerns.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate found evidence of dirty mattresses and staff not washing their hands properly.

It also identified a cleaner moving from a dirty to a clean area using the same personal protective equipment.

However, inspectors found the hospital to be clean overall.

NHS Grampian said an action plan had been submitted to the inspectorate.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon later said she had made tackling hospital infections her top priority.

She added: "This report shows that the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital has adopted a number of good practices, but there are areas where issues have been identified in the past and I would like to see NHS Grampian implement the recommendations to improve these as a matter of urgency.

"We want patients and their families to have the utmost confidence in the cleanliness of our hospitals and the quality of care."

Last year, an infestation of maggots caused the closure of three operating theatres at the hospital.

Specialists brought in to investigate later said they believed the carcass of a chick could have been to blame after finding it in pipes above two of the theatres.

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