At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

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My friend Patrick McGuire who is a partner at Thompsons and represents the families of the 18 victims of the Vale of Leven outbreak of C-Diff has slammed Scotland’s “Dirty Dozen” hospitals for failing to meet cleanliness standards which have been designed to prevent another outbreak of the killer bug.

I was very surprised and horrified to learn that the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate has revealed that 12 of Scotland’s major hospitals have failed to meet acceptable standards of cleanliness and infection control.  What is even more horrific is the fact that most of these hospitals knew that the inspectors were coming.  I dread to think how bad things would have been had they not been warned!!  It will be interesting to see what happens next as it has been announced that the HEI would now make 90% of hospital visits unannounced, compared with the present rate of 15%.

The failings included not washing hands between patients, not wearing appropriate protective equipment and not disposing of waste appropriately.  This saddens me as we already know that a failure to prevent the spread of infection can be potentially fatal.  I hope that the next inspections have better results.The Hospitals named in the report are:

  • Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
  • Monklands Hospital
  • Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline
  • Ayr Hospital
  • Borders General Hospital
  • Western General, Edinburgh
  • Hairmyres, East Kilbride
  • Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
  • Crosshouse, Kilmarnock
  • Arran War Memorial Hospital
  • St John's, Livingston
  • Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital

Have you been a patient in any of these hospitals?  I hope if I ever need to stay in hospital matters improve! 

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