Hospital passes inspection
ANTRIM Area Hospital has received a clean bill of health from an inspection by the RQIA (Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority).
The report revealed it was the only large hospital in Northern Ireland not to require further investigation into its hygiene standards.
The local Hospital was the only one out of six not to need a revisit by RQIA, when all hospitals in Northern Ireland were inspected for cleanliness and hygiene.
Councillor Neil Kelly said: “I would like to commend the Chief Executive Sean Donaghy, all the staff at the Hospital and in particular those with direct responsibility for cleaning and hygiene.
“The staff team deserve credit for this, especially during a time of change for the hospital, with the on-going work to improve the facilities at A and E.
“The visitors to the hospital also must be commended, who play their part by adhering to advice from staff on matters of hygiene, including the hand washing policy and guidelines on visiting patients.
“It is reassuring for the people of Antrim that their hospital leads the way in meeting the standards and regulations for hygiene as set out by the RQIA, once again well done to all involved.”
ALDERMAN Drew Ritchie said: “Staff and management deserve credit for achieving high standards of cleanliness throughout the site.
“All sections of staff have worked together to ensure a coordinated approach towards improving standards and health and safety throughout the site.
“Speaking to staff, I am well aware they work full out, and this report not only will boost staff moral and confidence, but encourage them to stride for higher standards of care.
“Management must continue to support staff and ensure resources are always available.
“The Antrim community are rightly pleased that care and cleanliness continue to develop at the hospital. Keep up the good work.”
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