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Clean bill of health for Galloway hospital

Galloway Community Hospital Photo: ITV Border
Nurse Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/PA Images

The hospital trust which runs the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer has welcomed a report into its safety and cleanliness.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland carried out an unannounced ward and theatre inspector in November last year.

They visited the hospital to meet patients and staff, to inspect the wards and the theatre departments, to assess cleanliness and to check that the hospital meets national standards.

"It recognises the role played by the infection control public involvement group, which sees residents of the region actively involved in auditing the safety and cleanliness of its hospitals.

"And it notes that patients who were surveyed during the inspection of GCH spoke positively about the work which they witnessed taking place.

"The NHS Board will now action the very limited recommendations emerging from the report as part of its commitment to ensuring the highest possible standards."

– NHS Dumfries

“Inspectors found a good standard of cleaning in the ward areas inspected and staff demonstrated good compliance with infection prevention and control training.

"However, to improve care NHS Dumfries & Galloway must ensure that patient equipment is clean and well maintained.”

– Ian Smith, Head of Quality of Care, Healthcare Improvement Scotland