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Damning report to drive private medical uptake in Dundee?

Published on 22/12/2010
More people in Dundee may be tempted to take out private medical cover to access a private hospital following the release of a new report.

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) has published a damning report on Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, run by NHS Tayside, in which it heavily criticised the hospital's cleanliness and hygiene.

During an unannounced inspection of the NHS hospital in November, the HEI found a number of shortcomings particularly in relation to infection control and said the hospital had failed to address two issues highlighted in a previous visit.

The report uncovered several examples of poor hygiene, such as a lack of use of personal protective equipment, including gloves and aprons when changing bed linen, poor hand hygiene and a lack of provision of alcohol hand gel in two wards and poor linen handling and disposal, including overflowing linen bags.

"Further improvement is required in a number of areas," said Susan Brimelow, HEI chief inspector.

"We are particularly concerned that two of the improvements expected from NHS Tayside from our previous inspection report of Ninewells hospital published in December 2009 have not been fully actioned."

Last year, five people died at the hospital after an outbreak of Clostridium difficile in one of the wards.
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