Hospital inspection finds ‘areas for improvement’

Borders General Hospital
Borders General Hospital

An inspection of several wards at the BGH has resulted in the health board being told to address eight areas of concern.

Susan Brimelow, of the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate, said: “Our inspection found the standard of cleanliness was good and we saw examples of positive communication between staff and senior management.

“We did, however, identify several priority areas for improvement within three months, including the cleaning of patient equipment, the management of patient linen, the storage of breast milk and a review of the risk of limited bathing facilities on ward 12.”

NHS Borders chief executive Calum Campbell said: “The report commends many of our day-to-day practices, including hand-hygiene audits, compliance with the national dress code policy and the board’s isolation policy.

“It is encouraging that the inspectors also noted evidence of actions that have been developed from the recommendations made in previous reports, which are being implemented and are making improvements at ward level across the hospital.”

He added: “As with most reports, there are a small number of points that require actions on our part, some of which have already been put in place.”