Clean Bill of Health for Falkirk Community Hospital

Falkirk Community Hospital was given a clean bill of health for infection control, following an announced visit by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) in May 2014. It is the first time that HEI has made a first inspection which has resulted in no requirements and no recommendations.

Susan Brimelow, HEI Chief Inspector, described the inspection as exemplary inspection and highlighted identified a number of areas where NHS Forth Valley is performing at a high standard. She also noted the comprehensive and effective range of infection control audit systems in place, helping to minimise the risk of infection to patients, visitors and staff. Staff compliance with hand hygiene was found to be excellent, and patients highly commended the standard of cleanliness within the hospital. Senior charge nurses and ward staff were knowledgeable and confident when describing their roles and responsibilities for infection prevention and control, and all wards inspected were clean and well maintained. The high standards found during this inspection were praised as an example of the healthcare associated infection standards every patient in every hospital has the right to expect.