Cleaning Matters – come and see how we keep our hospitals clean

Cleaning matters
Cleaning Matters – come and see how we keep our hospitals clean
18 March 2014

THE local public are being invited to an exclusive event and unique opportunity to see how staff working at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust keep its hospitals clean and free from hospital superbugs.

The event will be held on Ward 19 at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury on Tuesday 4th March, between 2 – 4 pm.

It will include presentations and demonstrations from staff and G4S Cleaning Contractor.

The event will give visitors the opportunity to :-

• Gain a further understanding of how we clean our hospitals
• An insight into the equipment and procedures we use for cleaning
• Demonstrations of the equipment we use to clean our wards and departments
• An overview of the new technology we use within cleaning to reduce the spread of infection – HP Fogging
• Question and Answer Session

Pam Miller, Associate Director of Facilities at the Trust, said:

“I hope delegates will take the opportunity to experience the hard work and dedication of our cleaning team. They will gain some knowledge and understanding of the cleaning equipment, technology and techniques that we use to ensure that the Trust maintains a clean environment. We will share details of the annual inspection regime and provide assurance of how important cleaning is in the Trust and the high standards we work to.”

Each hospital Trust in the country receives a visit by a PLACE team to inspect the premises and facilities from a patient’s perspective. The assessments cover:

• Cleanliness of premises
• Condition, appearance and maintenance of internal and external facilities
• All aspects of privacy, dignity and well being of facilities
• Food and hydration relating to the catering service for patients and visitors, including taste and temperature of food

Results from the PLACE assessments last year showed that Pennine Acute Trust is delivering above average standards and patient assessors were complimentary about the services offered.

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at The Pennine Acute Trust's four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Trust's public members the opportunity to learn more about the services provided by the Trust. So far, more than 10,800 people have signed up to become members.

The event is free and open to the public, staff and the Trust’s Foundation Trust members. To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk