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Aberdeen maternity hospital failings deeply disturbing

October 29, 2013 1:29 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland,Alison McInnesAlison McInnes has called on NHS Grampian to immediately carry out a deep clean of wards and equipment at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and convene an emergency board meeting in response to the findings of a critical report by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI).

Independent inspectors made three unannounced visits to the hospital during August and September and found significant issues with the cleanliness of patient equipment and the hospital environment. Amongst the other failings it highlighted, it also criticised procedures for the storage of breast milk.

Commenting, Ms McInnes said:

"The failings found during repeat visits to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital are deeply disturbing.

"Patients need to have confidence that they are entering a safe and clean environment. Outbreaks of healthcare associated infections can be life-threatening, particularly for more vulnerable patients and new-born babies.

"NHS Grampian must conduct a deep clean of wards and equipment at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and ensure that these standards are maintained.

"The board needs to quickly get to grips with the persistent problems the report has highlighted. That is why I urge the Chief Executive to convene an emergency board meeting to ensure that NHS Grampian is doing everything it can to improve its procedures to meet the requirements and recommendations set out by the inspectors."