Healthcare standards

At Spire Healthcare we want to help our patients make informed healthcare choices by demonstrating the quality of care our hospitals provide. As such, our clinical quality performance information is available to view on our website.

Click here to view the full healthcare standards on the Murrayfield Hospital website.

At Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh the health and wellbeing of our patients is our key concern. Our commitment to healthcare standards means that you can relax and enjoy a clean and safe hospital environment, in the confidence of our 0%* infection rates (2010).

Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh is a BUPA-accerdited centre of treatment for gynaecological, colorectal and breast cancers, with treatment also available for urological cancers. Deborah Scott leads this service and is a Macmillan Oncology Nurse Consultant. Deborah has been involved in creating strong links with the Macmillan cancer unit at the Western General Hospital, the Fairlmile Marie Curie Centre in Edinburgh, and the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre. These strong links enable us to offer our patients a comprehensive treatment service and helps ensure standards of care are always based on the most current national guidance.

Exemplary clinical care goes hand in hand with the need to consider your psychological and social wellbeing. Through established links with Maggie’s Centre in Edinburgh, we are able to offer a wide range of supportive care options for both your and your family. Click here for more information about counselling and support.

* 0 cases of MRSA bacteraemia reported in our hospitals in 2010.

How we minimise the risk of infection
Careful control of the possible infection routes is essential to minimise the risk of infection. At Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh, we have strict procedures in place and are proud of our record in infection control:

  • All patient bedrooms are single occupancy with ensuite facilities which helps to keep infection rates low. 
  • We use operating theatres with a laminar air flow filter system for all major operations to minimise the risk of airborne infection in theatre.
  • We employ an infection control lead nurse to ensure that we adhere to policies for the prevention and control of infection, supported by a specialist at national level.
  • We employ our own team of housekeepers to ensure that our hospital is regularly and thoroughly cleaned. 
  • We screen all patients who are at risk from MRSA before admission, so that we can take appropriate precautionary measures.
  • Staff receive regular training in hand hygiene.

As a result, Spire Murrayfield Hospital had no reported cases of MRSA bacteraemia in 2010. What’s more, wound infection rates in patients at the Murrayfield Hospital are significantly lower than the national average, and our patients are also on average less likely to return to theatre or be readmitted unexpectedly for further treatment.

Our standards
Spire hospitals meet rigorous healthcare standards for quality, safety, cleanliness, training and information for patients. Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh is assessed twice a year by Health Improvement Scotland (formerly the Care Commission Scotland), in one announced and one unannounced visit.

We take the care, treatment and wellbeing of our patients very seriously and regularly measure surgical outcomes using Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROMS) to help monitor the quality of the services our hospital provides.