Report of unannounced inspection of Ninewells published

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Healthcare Improvement Scotland today (Tuesday) published a report relating to an unannounced inspection visit to Ninewells Hospital as part of its programme of inspections on the standard of care for older people in acute care in Scotland.

The inspection visit took place from June 7 to 9.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland was asked by the Scottish Government to carry out a programme of inspections to provide assurance that older people are being treated with compassion, dignity and respect while they are in an acute hospital.

Speaking of the report, Claire Sweeney, interim director of quality assurance for Healthcare Improvement Scotland, said: “In this inspection we found a number of areas of good practice.

“This included good signage, which is particularly helpful for patients who have dementia.

“We also found that one ward we inspected had introduced person-centred visiting, where the patient is asked when they would like relatives and friends to visit.

“In addition, we saw good team working among staff.

“We did, however, also identify a number of areas for improvement, including that NHS Tayside must ensure that all older people, who are being treated in accident and emergency or are admitted to hospital, are assessed within the national standard recommended timescales.

“We will continue to inspect Ninewells Hospital and report on the hospital’s progress.”

The full inspection report and an improvement action plan developed by NHS Tayside to address the identified issues are available to view here.