QEUH Independent Review launches formal call for evidence

27 June 2019

QEUH Independent Review launches formal call for evidence

The co-Chairs of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Independent Review have today (Thursday 27 June) launched the Review’s formal Call for Evidence.

Dr Brian Montgomery and Dr Andrew Fraser have been appointed to investigate if the design, build, commissioning and maintenance of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) and Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) has had an adverse impact on the risk of Healthcare Associated Infection.

The remit also includes assessing if there is any wider learning for NHS Scotland.

At an event in Glasgow Dr Montgomery and Dr Fraser asked for anyone who may have relevant information to engage with the Review team.

Dr Fraser said: “A number of events have come to public attention around control of infection issues and our independent review has been set up to focus on these matters to ensure that conditions are right for control of infection not only for this hospital but for all our hospitals in the future.”

Dr Montgomery added: “We are already in the process of establishing the Review and would encourage anyone who wants to share their experiences of the QEUH to come forward. We want to hear from you.”

Since opening in 2015 the QEUH in Glasgow has experienced problems with rare microorganisms. A number of patients have contracted severe infections and several rare microbiological contaminants with the potential to cause serious infections have also been identified.

These have been linked to issues with water quality and ventilation systems and have been the subject of reviews undertaken by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate and Health Protection Scotland.

The Review invites written communications from:

  • Patients and families with experience of care delivered in QEUH/RHC where there are concerns in relation to infection prevention and control
  • Stakeholders with involvement in and/or experience of the design, build, commissioning and maintenance of QEUH/RHC
  • Staff (clinical, estates, domestic, management) working within QEUH/RHC with particular reference to the impact of the built environment on the delivery of best practice in infection prevention and control
  • External stakeholders (members of the wider public and their representatives)
  • Individuals or groups with concerns relating to the built environment and its impact on infection prevention and control

This list is not exhaustive.

Review team members also plan to meet with individuals and groups in their areas of expertise to share and discuss specific concerns over and above the information provided in written communications.

Written communications can be submitted via the following routes:

Email: information@queenelizabethhospitalreview.scot

Post: PO Box 27152, Glasgow, G2 9LX

Website: www.queenelizabethhospitalreview.scot

For further information please contact:

Graham McKendry or Chris Black, 3x1 Group.

Tel: 0141 221 0707 / 07931 382270

gmckendry@3x1.com / cblack@3x1.com

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