Report finds sub-par cleanliness in Welsh hospital

By July 11, 2010Articles

Report finds sub-par cleanliness in Welsh hospital

The Contract Cleaning provision in one of the newest hospitals to open in Wales has come under fire.

Inspectors from Healthcare Inspectorate Wales criticised the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf, for “sub-optimal” standards of cleanliness and sanitation.

During an unannounced visit, inspectors found staff not washing their hands properly in one ward and unlocked drug cabinets in another.

A number of other issues were also highlighted, including torn and broken chairs and dusty equipment, including two resuscitation trolleys. Inspectors also found patients’ belongings being stored on floors.

According to the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales’ report: “Hand hygiene practices were observed as being unacceptable, as staff were not always decontaminating their hands after removing their gloves.

“All staff should be trained as to when it is appropriate to wash hands, when to use gel and when to wear gloves.”

The report called for immediate action to be taken at the 570-bed hospital, which opened in 2000, to remedy the catalogue of errors highlighted.

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