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Clean bill of health for Cowlairs Decontamination Unit

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

NHSGGC’s Cowlairs Decontamination Unit has been praised following a recent inspection.

The unit is where the Health Board cleans the majority of the instruments used for surgical procedures.

The three day inspection by LRQA, which took place at the end of July found the site to be “clean, tidy and well organised” and that there had been a “significant improvement in quality and production processes” since the last visit.

Every instrument is fully inspected as part of our robust quality assurance processes within the CDU.  This is carried out at various stages in the process including within the clean room, where after initial washing, instruments are packaged before final sterilisation.   Surgical site infection (SSI) rates are closely and routinely monitored and despite a temporary closure of the site at the end on 2018, nothing of concern was found.

Tom Steele, NHSGGC’s Director of Estates and Facilities said: “This is an excellent report for the Cowlairs Unit and I would like to thank all staff for their continued good work.

“It was especially pleasing that the auditors highlighted the positive atmosphere within the unit and general enthusiasm being demonstrated by the staff.

“The public and our patients rightly expect very high standards and this report should give reassurance that Cowlairs is operating safely and efficiently and quality is at the centre of everything they do.”






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