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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Statement on Temporary Closure of Decontamination Unit

Friday, November 16, 2018

Following an inspection by our independent quality assurance advisers, Cowlairs decontamination unit has been temporarily closed.  

The inspection highlighted a number of issues with the fabric of the facility. Whilst these issues did not directly relate to the unit’s processes for sterilising equipment, the unit has been closed to allow remedial work to be carried out. 

Cowlairs is the central decontamination unit supplying Glasgow hospitals. Clyde hospitals are supplied separately from a unit in Inverclyde Royal. This unit remains operational and will provide capacity for Glasgow facilities in the short term.  

Our overriding priority is our patients. Every effort is being made to ensure that there is capacity using our own unit at Inverclyde and working with neighbouring NHS boards to deliver instruments for the programme of elective and emergency surgery over the days ahead. 

The majority of surgery is progressing as planned.  Unfortunately we have had to notify a very small number of patients today that their operation has had to be rescheduled and arrangements are being made for these patients to be admitted as soon as possible. 

It is our intention to have the facility back in operation as soon as possible and Health Facilities Scotland's decontamination team are supporting us in this work. 


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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