The Health Information and Quality Authority has published hygiene reports after unannounced inspections at the Coombe Women's Hospital and Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin.

At the Coombe Women's Hospital, inspections were carried out on two wards, St Gerard's and Our Lady's.

St Gerard's Ward was found to be "generally unclean" on the day of inspection.

Inspectors noted that paintwork was visibly chipped in some areas inspected on the ward, hindering effective cleaning.

They also noted black mould-like staining in the patient shower room.

Inspectors also visited Our Lady's Ward at the hospital and found it to be clean and well-maintained.

In a second report published today, HIQA found the 18-bed day care unit at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital to be clean and well-maintained.

However, inspectors noted that paintwork was chipped in some areas and because the linen cupboard was full, additional linen was being stored in an uncovered trolley, which is not in line with best practice.

Inspectors noted that the West Wing Ward was clean and well-maintained. Chipped paintwork in areas of the ward was noted.

HIQA inspectors also found that hand hygiene standards at the hospital had improved.