Glowing report for Victoria Hospital

Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy Pic: FPA
Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy Pic: FPA

Victoria Hospital has earned itself a glowing report after an unannounced inspection found “significant” improvement in safety and cleanliness.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI), which observed five wards, the intensive care unit and Accident and Emergency, found all but one of seven improvements it demanded had been met.

After an inspection in December 2014, the Kirkcaldy hospital came under criticism for a generally poor standard of cleanliness in patient equipment, including contamination of nine out of 12 mattresses in the maternity ward.

Inspectors also found nine out of ten patient trolly frames in A&E contaminated with blood and/or body fluids.

However, during a visit in August, inspectors found only one problem - that clinical staff in A&E and catering staff in Ward 32 were not always decontaminating their hands.

Allan Burns, NHS Fife chairman said: “The report confirms that very significant progress has been made across a number of areas.

“A huge amount of work has gone into achieving these high standards and it is important that our staff are recognised for their efforts.

“We welcome the acknowledgement of the progress made; however, we continue to be mindful that there is still work to be done.”