NHS Greater Glasgow welcomes the report by Audit Scotland on hospital cleaning. Many of our hospital wards are found to be of a very good or acceptable standard and Glasgow's brand-new hospital accommodation, including the Princess Royal Maternity, is praised for being amongst the best in Scotland, displaying excellent cleaning standards in modern designed buildings. Areas reported to be of a poorer standard are those most likely to be located in older buildings with poor fabric and design - accepted by Audit Scotland as 'not being conducive to easy cleaning'. Furthermore, the report acknowledges that the general appearance of older hospitals can have a strong influence over people's perceptions of how clean that hospital is. These findings reinforce and support the plans of NHS Greater Glasgow to move out of old hospital buildings into brand new modern accommodation, fit for 21st century medicine. Welcoming the report on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow, Tim Davison, Chief Executive of North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust says:
"The results across Greater Glasgow have been broadly positive, with inspections to many hospital wards and public revealing good overall standards of cleaning. "The review has found some areas in need of improvement and work has been taking place to address this. "The two wards in Glasgow Royal infirmary found to need improvement have been vacated and services have been transferred to brand new accommodation in the £30million Jubilee Building. This new development is of a similar high standard to that of the Princess Royal Maternity and we are certain patients and staff will be as satisfied with conditions is these new wards as they are with the standards of cleanliness in the Maternity. "Across the city, the South Glasgow Trust has also been working hard to improve the fabric of the Victoria Infirmary. The first Phase of a £4million makeover of all 17 wards at the Victoria Infirmary has been completed. Six wards have been refurbished so far and this work will continue until spring next year. "A key purpose of NHS Greater Glasgow is the delivery of high quality healthcare from clean and safe hospitals. We are committed to driving up standards of cleanliness and will continue to make every effort to implement in full the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland standards for hospital cleaning. In tandem with this, we are also taking forward our plans to modernise Glasgow's hospitals so that all services can be provided in the highest standards of modern accommodation."