Craigavon Hospital unit fails to meet EU guidelines

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Sterile facilities at Craigavon Area Hospital are not meeting current EU guidelines after an inspection unit found that there was rust on some of the hatches, and no proper first change room.

The aseptic unit had originally failed an inspection at the hospital at the end of 2014 on nine grounds including issues around staff not wearing appropriate clothing, not washing hands with disenfectant, and the reporting of errors.

However, a follow-up investigation in November by the Regional Quality Assurance Team found that the unit had complied with the rest of the recommendations and changed its practices, but that the facilities still did not meet the requirements.

In a written response to a question from UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson at the Northern Ireland Assembly, Minister of Health Simon Hamilton said his department was considering an investment in the unit.

“The case will be considered alongside other capital investment priorities and will depend on future budget availability, confirmation of value for money and affordability”, he said.

“Work is ongoing to progress a short-term solution to address the issue of no first stage changing room and it is anticipated that this action will be completed by March 2016.

“I am content that the Southern Trust has progressed as far as it can at this stage to implement the required changes. My officials will continue to review progress in relation to the outstanding findings.”