Top marks for Mid Ulster Hospital

Mid Ulster Hospital has scored the highest out of five hospitals inspected across Northern Ireland in a recent Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) Unannounced Hygiene Inspection. The hospital was rated on a range of areas including hand hygiene, clinical practice, patient equipment and the general hospital environment. Overall, Mid Ulster Hospital was fully compliant in Outpatients and Wards 1 and 2, and achieved a high, partial compliance rating for its Accident and Emergency facilities. The Mid Ulster was the only hospital in the Northern Trust to be inspected.

Glen Houston, Chief Executive of RQIA said, "RQIA recognises the commitment of staff working in our hospitals to achieve the best outcomes for patients and these reports are published at a time when Trusts have demonstrated significant progress towards meeting the Minister’s target to reduce levels of health care associated infection."

The Trust has developed an action plan to address areas for improvement highlighted by the inspection which is already in place. Later this year the RQIA will follow the inspection with a further unannounced visit to look at the progress made against their recommendations.
Trust Chairman, Jim Stewart said, “I am delighted with this report and frankly, not a bit surprised. The attention to detail given by staff across the Trust to hygiene is clear the moment you walk into any hospital. We have a rigid and robust approach to hospital cleaning and staff follow good hygiene practice.  This inspection has recognised that.”

Domestic Services Staff at Mid Ulster Hospital
Domestic Services Staff at Mid Ulster Hospital with Francis Rocks, Support Services Manager.

Page last updated:19 March 2010