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Cowlairs Central Decontamination Unit Praised by Inspectors after Unannounced Visit

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Cowlairs Central Decontamination Unit (CDU) has received a positive report following an unannounced visit by inspectors. 

The assessment team noted the cleanliness of the unit as well as the clear knowledge of staff around cleaning instruments, recording data, training and understanding of responsibilities. 

Also noted was a feeling that quality is taken seriously and is supported by appropriate resources and management commitment. This view, the assessors said, was evident in documentation, timely and appropriate corrective actions if required, and the appearance of the clean room and surrounding areas. 

Assessors praised the Clean Room, the Steriliser / Despatch Area and Wash Room as well as staff in the areas. 

Tom Steele, director of Facilities and Estates, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “It was clear that we had to make improvements to the CDU after the previous inspection. 

“We took immediate steps to ensure we regained our accreditation and have continued to build on that to ensure the service is fit for purpose. 

“It is especially pleasing to note the assessment team’s findings on the staff and the recognition of their clear understating of their roles and how well they carry these out. 

“Unfortunately, the department had fallen below the standards expected by the health board. However, this has clearly been remedied through the dedication of the unit’s staff and colleagues in the facilities and estates departments. 

“We’re pleased to receive this positive report; however we’re absolutely determined to ensure we further improve the service we provide. As a result, we’re expanding the staffing in the Quality Department.” 

The Board is currently carrying out an investigation into the reasons behind the suspension of the site certificate, and any further appropriate corrective actions to be taken. 


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