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Ward hygiene faces new criticism

Bronglais hospital
Bronglais hospital was criticised for its tidiness last year

A hospital is facing renewed criticism over its hygiene standards following a report by health watchdogs.

Montgomery Community Health Council (CHC) visited Aberystwyth's Bronglais Hospital in February, but it has just published its findings.

It found some wards had dirty floors, sluices and toilets, less than a year after Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) raised concerns over cleanliness.

But the hospital said it had "some of the lowest infection rates in Wales".

Following the HIW's findings last year, the hospital was criticised again in January by a councillor after a cat was photographed sitting on seats in its accident and emergency unit.

In the latest report concerning hygiene, the CHC said "serious attention" needed to be paid to cleanliness and tidiness on some wards.

Some staff were observed not to wear gloves when dealing with urine
The CHC report

Although based in Powys, Montgomery CHC represents patients treated in Ceredigion at Bronglais.

The CHC made an unannounced visit in February.

The report said: "The teams were particularly critical of the general state of untidiness on some wards with equipment and dirty linen left in corridors.

"Of critical note was the state of the floors, sluices and toilets in some wards, which were dusty and dirty with general debris on the floors, and there was some evidence of used dressings and an empty toothpaste tube left about."

The CHC said hygiene standards among medical staff was also a concern.

"Some staff were observed not to wear gloves when dealing with urine, and some nurses, physiotherapists and doctors were moving between patients without washing hands," added the report.

'Hospital cleanliness'

However, the CHC also said patients were complementary about nursing staff, with some describing them as "brilliant" and "exceptional".

Acting director of nursing at Bronglais, Eiri Jones, said some sections of the report needed "clarification and correction", and a meeting had been arranged between the hospital and the CHC.

She added: "These issues relating to the building are being addressed through a programme of refurbishment.

"In the meantime, as a marker for the effectiveness of hospital cleanliness I would like to reassure our patients that we have some of the lowest infection rates in Wales, which is testimony of the excellent quality of care provided by our staff."

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