To meet a previous shortcoming, the health board had arranged a training session
to make staff aware of infection control precautions. However, inspectors found
several night-shift employees were excluded as they were off duty.
Their report said the majority of staff they spoke to did not know how to deal with
blood and body fluid spills correctly.
Even after reading the guidance on display, staff were unsure about the amount of
disinfectant to use.
A “significant number” of infection control policies and standard operating procedures
were out of date or had not been through the health board’s governance process for
more than two years - despite previous promises they would be updated by last November.
Seven beds in used were chipped and damaged despite a previous requirement ensure
they were clean and safe to minimise the risk of cross-infection.
Some patient chairs labelled as condemned remained in use. Inspectors were told that
“no money was available” to purchase new chairs.
Despite a health board promise, no lock was fitted on the room storing used, reusable
Sara Twaddle, of HEI, said: “This inspection was a follow-up on the requirements
made in our previous report from October 2016. During our inspection of Uist and
Barra Hospital we noted progress has been made to address these issues.
“However, this inspection has resulted in two new requirements. NHS Western Isles
must ensure that all infection prevention and control policies and standard operating
procedures are reviewed and continue to be reviewed at least every two years.
“The board has drawn up an action plan and we will continue to monitor the cleanliness
of Uist and Barra Hospital at future inspections.”