HC Deb 18 February 1969 vol 778 cc79-80W
Mr. Kershaw

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is aware that conditions at the operating theatre in the Gloucester Royal Infirmary give rise to dangers due to the impossibility of rendering the premises sterile, and that amenities for the operating staff are unsatisfactory; what proposals he has for remedying this situation; and when he will put them into effect.

Mr. Snow

We are satisfied that the sterility of the operating theatre at the Southgate Street Branch of the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital is properly safeguarded and checked regularly. We recognise that conditions for staff outside the theatre are not up to the standard expected in a modern hospital, but this will be put right when the operating theatres in the new Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are ready in about four years' time. In the meantime, the regional hospital board is urgently considering with the hospital management committee interim measures to improve conditions which it hopes to introduce by the end of 1969.