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The news media usually salivates at the prospect of a filthy hospital, allowing it to report on sordid details, mucky equipment, absentminded staff and poorly treated patients with sensationalist glee.
But one community hospital in Falkirk has bucked the trend, impressing newspapers and the general public – by earning a perfect hygiene rating.
The first hospital in Scotland to get a flawless score from hygiene inspectors, it was issued with no “requirements” or “recommendations” by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate.
NHS Forth Valley's chief executive Jane Grant said, "The report reflects the hard work carried out by staff over the last year to improve the inpatient wards and create a safe, clean and pleasant environment for patients, staff and visitors.
"Whilst we welcome this report, we recognise there is no room for complacency and work will continue to ensure we maintain consistently high standards in all hospitals across Forth Valley."
The hospital has clearly succeeded where many others have failed.
By providing high-end measures to prevent the spread of diseases and infections, including effective waste disposal, and, most importantly, having all staff on board, they’ve managed to create a symbiotic environment ideal for good hygiene.
If you’re a hygiene professional, you might want to take a leaf out of Falkirk Community Hospital’s book. With help from us, you’ll be well on your way to that perfect hygiene rating.
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