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Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Unannounced Cleanliness Spotcheck - Morriston Hospital - 27th October 2011



Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) has today published a report following an unannounced spot check at Morriston Hospital.

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) inspectors visited three wards at Morriston hospital, which is part of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, on 27 October 2011. The inspection covered Ward F (Stroke Rehabilitation), The Clinical Decision Unit and Ward W (Trauma and Orthopaedic).

On the three wards visited the standard of cleanliness varied considerably: one ward was good, one acceptable and one sub-optimal.

Ward F had previously been visited in September 2010 and it was found to be of a sub-optimal standard of cleanliness. On returning to the ward some improvements had taken place such as the replacement flooring and repainting, however the ward was still considered to be of a sub-optimal standard with high and low level dust.

A number of concerns were also highlighted during the cleanliness spot check that were consistent issues for all three of the wards we visited, including: cluttered domestic rooms with dirty equipment and inappropriate items being stored and overfilled clinical waste bags.

Generally staff spoken to during the visit had received infection control training within the last 12 months, however we found that staff knowledge in relation to appropriate hand hygiene procedures were inconsistent.

HIW Chief Executive, Dr Peter Higson said:

“The Health Board needs to ensure that the issues identified within the report are addressed and it is required to submit an action plan to Healthcare Inspectorate Wales within two weeks of this report being published"

The full report is attached with this release.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Unannounced Cleanliness Spotcheck - Morriston Hospital - 27th October 2011

Press Release

Source: Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)