Clean Bill of Health for Community Hospital

Staff at Falkirk Community Hospital scored top marks in an initial announced inspection by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI). For the first time in Scotland, inspectors made no requirements or recommendations following their visit.

Susan Brimelow, HEI Chief Inspector, said “This was an exemplary inspection and I am delighted with the findings. During our visit, we identified a number of areas where NHS Forth Valley is performing at a high standard. We found a comprehensive and effective range of infection control audit systems in place, helping to minimise the risk of infection to patients, visitors and staff.

“Staff compliance with hand hygiene was excellent, and patients highly commended the standard of cleanliness within the hospital. Senior charge nurses and ward staff were knowledgeable and confident when describing their roles and responsibilities for infection prevention and control, and all wards inspected were clean and well maintained. The high standards found during this inspection must be maintained and are an example of the healthcare associated infection standards every patient in every hospital has the right to expect.”

Jane Grant, Chief Executive of NHS Forth Valley, added: “I am very pleased with the results of the HEI inspection at Falkirk Community Hospital and delighted that this is the first time in Scotland that HEI has made an initial announced inspection which has resulted in no requirements and no recommendations.

“The report reflects the hard work carried out by staff over the last year to improve the inpatient wards and create a safe, clean and pleasant environment for patients, staff and visitors. Feedback from patients interviewed during the inspection was also very positive with many highlighting the rigorous approach to cleaning and complimenting staff on their professional and courteous approach.”