A DUNFERMLINE Skin clinic has brushed up well after a visit from Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

The Julia Hart Skin Clinic was given a 'good' rating after the inspection earlier this year.

The organisation carries out the checks to ensure each service is person-centred, safe and well led.

The report said feedback from patients was regularly reviewed to help the service improve the patient experience and how care was delivered.

It stated: "Patients reported high levels of satisfaction. Information about the service and treatments on offer was easily accessible and patients felt well informed about treatments available.

"Procedures were in place for managing complaints and any lessons learned were shared and acted on."

The inspector said the business was run by an nurse practitioner and prescriber.

"The service kept up to date with changes in the aesthetics industry, legislation and best practice guidance through peer support and membership of relevant forums," it said.

"Strong and visible leadership in the service, and regular communication, helped staff feel supported and involved. A quality improvement plan helped the service to evaluate performance, identify areas for improvement and take corrective actions when needed."

A "clean and organised" environment was also commented on it the report.

The inspector added: "The service’s infection prevention and control policy referred to relevant national guidance. A good supply of personal protective equipment was available, such as disposable gloves and aprons.

"The service used single-use items where appropriate to prevent the risk of cross-infection. We saw that individual cleaning schedules were up to date and completed for every area and item of patient equipment.

"Staff carried out spot checks of the cleanliness of the environment and patient equipment. The schedules were audited every month to ensure standards were continually met."

Following the inspection, several recommendations were made.

The service was advised to ensure that its duty of candour report is published and available where patients can easily access it and that the patients’ right to complain to the healthcare regulator at any time is included in all information relating to complaints.

It was also recommended that the service should include the prescribing of weight loss medication specifically for the use of weight loss as part of the existing medicines management policy and that a system be in place to ensure all medicines are locked away and keys held securely when the treatment room is unattended.