A number of elective operations at Raigmore Hospital have had to be postponed since last Friday due to contamination in main theatres.
It had been observed that there had been a low level of dust on the floor of theatres resulting in a number of postponements of surgery while the area was deep cleaned and work was carried out to ensure this did not happen again.
This includes estates staff securing the area, enhanced cleaning and members of the control of infection and senior management implementing changes to current working practices.
That work is continuing but contingency measures have been put in place to ensure emergency and urgent surgery can continue today as normal.
Katherine Sutton, Deputy Director of Operations for Raigmore Hospital, said: “Construction work as part of the theatre upgrade has resulted in an increased level of dust being tracked into the theatre block. We are confident that the measures we are putting in place including enhanced cleaning and a review of all theatre protocols will ensure that we will soon be able to return to normal operating at Raigmore.
“These measures have been put in place to ensure that there is no risk to patient safety. I would like to apologise to our patients for the inconvenience that this will have caused them and to assure them that we plan to re-book their procedures as soon as possible.”