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Vale of Leven Hospital

An unannounced inspection to Vale of Leven Hospital was carried out from Wednesday 27 to Thursday 28 April 2016.

Dr Margaret McGuire, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Nurse Director, said: “Today’s report highlights a number of positive findings around infection prevention and control at the Vale of Leven (VoL) hospital.

“I am pleased the report highlights that specialist infection prevention and control advice was recorded by ward staff and shared with the infection prevention and control team.

“The inspectors drew particular attention to the expertise and leadership skills of the infection prevention and control team.

“The report praises the standard of cleanliness across the majority of wards and departments visited by the inspectors.  

“However, we are disappointed that the report makes four requirements, in all cases improvement work has been completed and the requirements met.

“The infection prevention and control team has delivered standard infection control precautions training to staff in the community midwifery unit (CMU). The team and the chief midwife have also advised CMU staff of the correct procedure for de-contaminating re-usable patient equipment and maintaining it in a clean condition.”

“We have produced an improvement action plan setting out how we are actively working with our staff to ensure that the requirements from this inspection are fully implemented.

“I’m greatly encouraged that all patients interviewed said their patient equipment was always clean. 

“A central tenet of healthcare is the involvement of patients in their care plans and the report clearly shows our staff are communicating effectively with patients and their representatives.”

An unannounced inspection to Vale of Leven Hospital was carried out on Thursday 16 January 2014.

The hospital was assessed against the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS) healthcare associated infection (HAI) standards. This report highlights areas of strength and weakness as well as areas for further improvement, including requirements and recommendations.

We were very pleased to note the number of positive findings at the Vale of Leven Hospital by the HEI inspectors.

In particular, we were pleased that the inspectors noted that the majority of patients were positive about the cleanliness of the wards and that the report highlights the signifcant refurbishment of the physiotherapy department. 

However, we recognise that there are still areas we need to address and are working with staff to ensure that the requirements and recommendations made by the inspection team are implemented.

An unannounced inspection to Vale of Leven Hospital was carried out on Thursday 7 June 2012.

NHSGGC received the Inspector’s report in July 2012 and was pleased that overall we are complying with the majority of NHS QIS HAI standards.
In particular, the inspector highlighted that infection prevention and control was well promoted in all areas and communication between ward staff, infection control, domestic services and estates staff was good.

However, we are extremely disappointed that inspectors found staff not complying with our hand hygiene policy. This is clearly unacceptable and we will be reinforcing to all staff, particularly our medical staff, the need to adhere to our strict hand hygiene policy at all times. 

An action plan is being implemented across the hospital that will address the three requirements and two recommendations in this report.