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Health / Health board tops Covid-19 cleaning audit

Gilbert Bain Hospital. Photo: Shetland News

NHS Shetland is the best performing regional health board in Scotland when it comes to cleaning during the Covid-19 crisis, a new audit has revealed.

The figures were released in NHS Scotland’s National Cleaning Compliance Report: Domestic and Estate Services Monitoring report for April to June 2020.

NHS Shetland chief executive Michael Dickson said he was “absolutely delighted” by the results.

“We have an incredible group who make up our domestic team in Shetland,” he said.

“These are people who take pride in their work and who, during this pandemic, are a critical part of our infection control response.

“I would like to thank each one for helping us to achieve this excellent result. You put your community first during a very difficult time and we are very grateful to you all.” 

NHS Shetland’s head of estates and facilities Lawson Bisset added that all of the staff in his team “treat our premises with pride, and as if their family or friends were coming in as patients or visitors”.

Domestic services supervisor Marie Terris, meanwhile, said the pandemic has been a high risk time for staff.

“Infection control measures were ramped up – giving us more to do and at a very high standard,” she said.

“For the team to do their jobs they also had to go into parts of the hospital that were very high risk and often scary yet every member of the Shetland domestic team did this with courage and diligence.

“To have the best audit results in Scotland – especially during a time of a global pandemic – is something of which our whole team is very proud.”

Hotel services manager Val Adamson added that the domestics team had worked tirelessly to keep the hospital clean and safe.

“They rose to the many challenges and changes that faced them, changes that sometimes happened two or three times a day. They took on the extra cleaning as well as doing the normal jobs that needed to happen.

“It’s about keeping a clean and safe environment for patients and staff. Domestics play a vital role within our hospital, cleaning clinical and non-clinical areas. They are an amazing team and I, for one, am very grateful to them and for all they do.”

New A&E waiting time figures for the Gilbert Bain Hospital, meanwhile, show that for the week ending 19 July 99.2 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.

That is above the Scottish average of 94.5 per cent.