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Shock report reveals poor hygiene at Erne Hospital

By Claire McNeilly

A damning report detailing serious questions about ward cleanliness at Erne Hospital is to be raised at a Stormont health committee meeting today.

SDLP MLA Tommy Gallagher said the watchdog report paints a picture of " horrendously substandard conditions" at the hospital, and he intends to discuss it with his fellow politicians on the committee this afternoon.

The Fermanagh and South Tyrone Assemblyman reacted angrily to results of a spot inspection at the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen, which found blood on a bathroom floor, unclean wards and staff failing to observe basic sanitary regulations.

Inspectors also discovered a patient with suspected MRSA kept on an open hospital ward, despite the possibility of infecting others with the deadly bug.

The hospital was given one hour notice ahead of the October spot check and when the six inspectors arrived they noted "hectic cleaning activity" going on.

Blood-stained plasters were found on one bathroom floor while in another section of the hospital a waste waterpipe was overflowing onto the floor.

Mr Gallagher said: "This is a disgrace and something that must be treated with great urgency. With such a dreadful report it's now the case that people in need of treatment are worrying about the possibility of picking up serious infection from all places in the hospital."

A spokeswoman for the Western Health and Social Care Trust said it had met with the council to discuss the report's findings.

She added an "action plan" had since been developed to address the issues of concern.

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