Superbug fears at Scotlands larget hospital

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SERIOUS concerns have been raised over hygiene standards at one of Scotland’s largest hospitals, it was claimed last week, after filthy mattresses and soiled commodes were found during an unannounced inspection.

Officials from the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) made a surprise visit to Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital on Tuesday and are understood to have criticised senior managers for basic hygiene failings that could aid the spread of superbugs such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C diff).

The disclosure comes on the eve of the publication of a long-awaited report into an infectious outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Glasgow six years ago, which killed dozens of patients. The inquiry was ordered by Nicola Sturgeon in 2009 when she held the health portfolio.

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