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Glasgow Royal Infirmary

February 2015

An unannounced follow-up inspection to Glasgow Royal Infirmary took place on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 February 2015. The purpose of the inspection was to:

  • assess progress with the eight requirements and one recommendation made at the previous inspection in October 2014, and
  • assess the hospital against the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) healthcare associated infection (HAI) standards.

We welcome this report and the positive comments made by the inspector. We are extremely pleased that there were no further requirements or recommendations made following this visit.
The inspector, in particular, made comments on the significant improvements in the standards of cleanliness of patient equipment in the accident and emergency department.
We are also pleased that the inspector highlight that staff were safely managing blood and fluid spillages, and complying with national dress code policy.
Following the last visit we immediately put in place a comprehensive action plan to address all the failings identified in the previous report and the requirements and one recommendation made have all been met.
We will continue with our local inspections of our health care environment across key areas to ensure any breaches are quickly addressed and will continue to reinforce to all staff the importance of maintaining the high standards expected of them with regards to the health care environment for our patients.

December 2014

An unannounced inspection to Glasgow Royal Infirmary was carried out on Tuesday 7 October and Wednesday 8 October 2014. Due to concerns about the standard of cleanliness of patient equipment in the accident and emergency department Inspectors returned unannounced on Wednesday 15 October 2014. Overall, Inspectors found evidence that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is working towards complying with the NHS QIS HAI standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring an infection. In particular, the ward environment was clean. However, as a result of these inspections, Inspectors have concerns with the standard of cleanliness of patient equipment across the hospital. Related to this, further improvement is needed in the following areas:

  •  compliance with the standard infection control precautions, particularly for the management of blood and body fluid spillages
  •  assurance through audit activity that standard infection control precautions are being monitored, and
  •  ensuring staff are up to date with mandatory HAI and infection prevention and control training and education.

This report highlights areas of strength and weakness as well as areas for further improvement, including requirements and recommendations.

NHSGGC were very concerned at the findings from the HEI Report into the recent unannounced visit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. 

We are already progressing with a full and detailed action plan to address the requirements and one recommendation identified by this inspection. In addition, we have increased our local inspections of our health care environment across key areas. 

We cannot, and will not, tolerate serious breaches of standards by healthcare professionals and all other staff within any part of our healthcare system.

November 2012

An unannounced inspection to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary was carried out on 8 & 9 November 2012

NHSGGC received the Inspector’s report on 9 January 2013 and were very pleased to note the number of positive findings at Glasgow Royal Infirmary by the HEI inspectors since their last visit in 2011.

In particular, we were pleased that the inspectors noted the good communication between nursing and domestic staff in all wards, and the effective communication and support between the infection control team and ward staff. There was also clear evidence of good hand hygiene practice and overall the areas inspected were found to be clean. However, we recognise that there are still areas we need to address including ensuring all medical staff adhere to the dress code policy. An improvement plan has been developed to ensure that the requirements and recommendations made by the HEI team are implemented.

We also welcome the comments of the HEI Chief Inspector, that: “We are assured that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is making good progress against standards to protect patients, staff and visitors from the risk of acquiring a healthcare associated infection. In particular, staff have a good awareness of their roles and responsibilities in relation to infection prevention and control.”