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6.0 Environment

STANDARD 2.0

GENERAL ENVIRONMENT

Cleanliness and state of repair of public areas; cleanliness and

state of repair of ward/department infrastructure; cleanliness and

state of repair of patient bed area; cleanliness and state of repair

of toilets, bathrooms and washrooms; cleanliness and state of

repair of ward/department facilities; availability and cleanliness

of isolation facilities; provision of information for staff, patients

and visitors.

Environment 4C 5A 6A 7B

Reception N/A N/A 70 N/A

Corridors, stairs lift 88 83 81 95

Public toilets 86 N/A 84 N/A

Ward/department –

general (communal)

90 72 79 80

Patient bed area 83 72 84 77

Bathroom/washroom 87 65 79 94

Toilet N/A N/A 87 79

Clinical room/treatment

room

66 50 96 74

Clean utility room 85 59 76 80

Dirty utility room 86 71 75 73

Domestic store 73 64 81 79

Kitchen N/A 57 78 67

Equipment store 67 80 81 81

Isolation 76 86 79 73

General information 60 85 81 85

Total 80 70 81 80

The above table outlines the findings in relation to the general

environment of the facilities inspected where none of the wards

achieved compliance in this standard. The findings indicate that there

were areas for improvement in all wards, notably Ward 5A, where

clutter, the poor repair and cleaning of the fabric of the building, fixtures

and fittings have contributed to the minimally compliant areas

highlighted in red. The findings in respect of the general environment

are detailed in the following sections.

6.1 Cleaning

At the time of the inspection there was evidence in some areas to

indicate compliance with regional specifications for cleaning. However,

the inspectors observed that while cleaning mechanisms were in place

to prevent the build up of dust, debris and bacteria and subsequently

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