HEALTH bosses have been told to improve their performance following an inspection into infection control and cleanliness at the Western General Hospital.
But Healthcare Improvement Scotland also found several areas of strength and said NHS Lothian was complying with the majority of guidelines.
Difficulties in ordering clean mattresses, a failure to always close sharps bins and cases of isolation room doors being left open were noted.
Overall, four requirements and five recommendations were made.
Melanie Hornett, the health board’s nurse director, said: “The unannounced inspection singled out several areas of strength. We recognise that there were some areas which the inspectors felt we need to improve upon.”