RQIA unannounced inspection shows serious breeches of infection control in Antrim Area Hospital.
- Storage and clutter within wards
- Inconsistent recording of fridge temperature records
- Chemicals not stored in accordance with COSHH guidance
- Availability of clinical hand washing sinks are not in line with local and national guidance
- Secure storage of medication in accordance with Medicines Management
The new purpose built, state of the art ED was opened in June 2013. The department has an ambulance triage area, minors area, majors area, resuscitation area, paediatric area, an observation ward and two negative pressure isolation rooms. The department is clean, spacious and provides a welcoming environment for patients.
The standard of maintenance and cleaning of surfaces and fixtures within this ward was of a good standard, some issues were identified:
- There was an excessive amount of information posters and guidance attached to walls and worktops, especially at the nurses’ stations. This impedes effective cleaning and reduces the aesthetic appearance of the department.
- There were blood splashes on the worktop in the near patient testing room and the uncovered computer keyboards in cubicles, could pose difficult to clean.
- In Cubicle 8, the internal foam mattress was stained; this was immediately taken out of use by staff. Mattress audits are not currently carried out within the ED.
- The domestic store in particular required cleaning. All surfaces, fixtures and fittings were dusty or had debris present. Cleaning schedules were stored haphazardly and there were inappropriate items within the store; two jumpers, diluting juice.