Ninewells HEI report

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NHS Tayside welcomes the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate’s (HEI) Unannounced Inspection Report for Ninewells Hospital, which was published today (Tuesday).

Inspectors made an unannounced visit to nine wards and departments including the accident and emergency department and the acute medical unit in Ninewells over January 12 and 13, 2016.

HEI is part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland and they inspect acute and community hospitals across NHSScotland, reporting on cleanliness, hygiene and infection prevention and control.

The report commends NHS Tayside on significant improvement made since the previous inspection in March 2014. Inspectors found a good standard of environmental and patient equipment cleanliness and acknowledged that ward staff had a good working relationship with the Infection Control Team.

The inspectors included one requirement in their report, relating to compliance with guidance on the use of personal protective equipment.

Chief Executive of NHS Tayside Lesley McLay said: “We welcome this report and we are very pleased that the inspectors have acknowledged the improvements made in Ninewells. This clearly demonstrates our commitment to continually improving our services.

“Our frontline staff work hard every day to ensure person-centred, safe and effective care for all our patients and their families and the improvements are down to the commitment of our staff.

“We will not, however, become complacent as we know it is essential that we keep striving to improve on what we do every day to ensure we get that care right for every patient every single time.”