Improvements are needed at a private hospital in Dundee following an unannounced visit by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
The inspection on October 20 and November 7 at Fernbrae Hospital revealed shortcomings in infection control and cleanliness.
Inspectors gave the hospital a “weak” rating for its quality of environment and an “adequate” rating for the quality of management and leadership.
Fernbrae also received “good” ratings for quality of care and support and quality of staffing.
Susan Brimelow, chief inspector, said: “Our unannounced inspection identified a number of significant areas for improvement.
“We had concerns about cleanliness and compliance with standard infection control precautions.
“In particular, we were not satisfied that there was an adequate system and process in place for the continued monitoring of domestic cleanliness and actions taken to reduce the risk of infection for people using the service.”
The inspectors made four requirements of the hospital.
Fernbrae must now ensure all parts of a person’s healthcare record are completed and perform a full domestic cleanliness and infection control audit of the environment.
It must supply copies of these audits to Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
The hospital must also ensure appropriate systems, processes and procedures are in place for the continued monitoring of domestic cleanliness in the hospital environment and all staff must be compliant with standard infection control precautions.
The inspectors made a further eight recommendations, including ensuring all staff complete mandatory training and ensure any areas which require improvement have action plans to allow the service to track the progress made.
Louise Buchan, executive director of BMI Fernbrae Hospital, said: “We take these recommendations from Healthcare Improvement Scotland very seriously.
“High standards of hospital cleanliness and effective infection control precautions are an important aspect of delivering high quality patient care, and we accept that there were some areas where our normally high standards were not being met.
“Patient safety and wellbeing is our first priority and we have taken substantive steps to address the concerns raised.
“We were pleased to note that this report also found that patients spoke positively about the care they received at Fernbrae.”