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Disciplinary probe as inspectors criticise hospital

A DISCIPLINARY investigation is under way after inspectors raised concerns about the treatment of elderly patients in a Glasgow hospital.

The latest inspection of the Victoria Infirmary, revealed some patients were not appropriately dressed, while others had trouble accessing water.

Despite 98 per cent of people saying they received good care and 93 per cent saying they had assistance to wash and go to the toilet, some patients were still forced to wash in basins beside their beds due to a lack of available facilities.

The unplanned inspections were between April 22 and 24 and on May 19 by a team from Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Concerns were raised about the hospital's Mansionhouse Unit, which looks after elderly and dementia patients.

Inspectors highlighted a problem with "boarding", saying it had been told there had been 162 cases in one month where patients were moved from one ward to another that was not as well suited to their needs.

The ward door was locked, meaning patients could not return after being outside.

Inspectors also saw staff pushing a patient in a wheelchair with their foot trailing along the ground, and another was dragged to the toilet in a chair with their feet also trailing on the floor.

The report mentioned "several examples where we were concerned staff were not treating patients with the dignity and respect we would expect". This included patients not wearing their own clothes and walking in hospital gowns.

Rosslyn Crocket, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's director of nursing, said she was "very disappointed" with some of the report's findings and confirmed disciplinary action was being started against one worker.

She added: "We are aware some of our hospitals are old and do not offer the accommodation we require to deliver 21st century health care.

"This is why we are undergoing a near-billion pound modernisation of Glasgow's hospital provision. It will result in the closure of four existing acute hospital sites, including the Victoria Infirmary and Mansionhouse Unit."

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