The HEI reported that Belford Hospital is complying with the majority of health care associated infection standards. The inspectors found the hospital to be clean, with up to date policies and good communications between staff and patients.
Some areas for improvement were highlighted but since the inspection appropriate actions have already been taken to address the requirements and recommendations contained within the report.
Specifically the report outlined one requirement which looked at some further refinements around the appropriate isolation of patients.
Marie Law, Clinical Services Manager for Belford Hospital, said: “Staff always welcome these inspections. Overall the report is positive demonstrating that we take infection control and prevention seriously at all times.
“The feed-back we received will help us to continue to improve the standards of care we aim to provide every day for every patient. When it comes to the prevention and control of infection there is no room for complacency.”
The four recommendations in the report include making sure that audits of antimicrobial prescribing have started, and to ensure that results of surveillance are clearly displayed in public areas in the hospital to further provide assurances to patients, their families and the wider public.