Clean Bill of Health for Stirling Community Hospital

Stirling Community Hospital has been given a clean bill of health following An unannounced inspection by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI).

The HEI inspection team visited the hospital on 6th and 7th September 2016 to meet patients and staff, and to inspect wards and departments to assess cleanliness and to check that the hospital meets national standards.

Speaking of the report, Claire Sweeney, Interim Director of Quality Assurance for Healthcare Improvement Scotland, said: “This was the first inspection of this community hospital following the transfer of services from acute to community in 2011. The inspection was very positive.

“The standard of cleanliness of the environment and patient equipment was good throughout the hospital.

“Frontline staff had a positive relationship with the infection prevention and control team, and the team was highly visible on the wards.”

Professor Angela Wallace, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Nursing said: “We welcome the results of this unannounced inspection which are very positive and resulted in no requirements and recommendations.

“The report reflects the hard work carried out by staff to maintain a safe, clean and pleasant environment. I was particularly heartened to learn that 100% of patients who completed a questionnaire thought the standard of cleanliness on their wards was good and that the equipment used by staff was always kept clean.

“This was the first inspection of this community hospital since acute services transferred to Forth Valley Royal Hospital in 2011 and many different areas were assessed during the visit. These included the Minor Injuries Unit, Outpatients Department, X-ray Department and several inpatient wards.

“Work will continue to maintain and further improve the consistently high standards of cleanliness and care across the hospital.”

 The full HEI inspection report is available to view online.