Hospital comes clean with ‘Behind the Curtains’ linen room tour and laundry presentation – 13 November

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Hospital comes clean with ‘Behind the Curtains’ linen room tour and laundry presentation – 13 November
04 November 2014

THE equivalent of 3.4 million kilograms of linen was laundered at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in 2013/14.  The 7.5 million items equate to enough sheets to stretch from Manchester to Qatar on the Persian Gulf.

This and many more interesting facts about the laundry service will be highlighted at a special free ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the linen room facilities at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury on Thursday 13 November 2014.  There will also be a DVD presentation of the main laundry at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

The Trust which runs North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and community services in the north east sector of Manchester, has a purpose built laundry at The Royal Oldham Hospital and satellite services on the Fairfield and North Manchester sites.

The event will look at what happens to linen from the moment it leaves a ward dirty, to being returned clean, including a visit to the Fairfield General Hospital’s linen and sewing rooms where clean items are packed for distribution to each ward and department.

Steven Moss, Facilities Services Manager at the Trust, said: “We wash over 170,000 items per week for healthcare organisations throughout the North West and West Yorkshire providing all the laundry services to the four hospitals within The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and to over 50 other healthcare establishments. Infection can be transferred from used items of linen and the environments in which they are laundered and stored.  It is essential that we have effective laundry management to prevent cross infection between patients and to protect staff who transport and handle used laundry/linen.

“The event will show some of the behind the scenes activities required to keep our hospitals operating and will give an insight into the world of decontamination and laundry procedures.”

The talk and tour will be held on Thursday 13th November, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm in the Broadoak Suite Restaurant, Fairfield General Hospital.   The event is free and open to the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s Foundation Trust members.  

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and the Pennine Acute Trust’s Foundation Trust members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT.   So far, more than 11,500 people have signed up to become FT members and the Trust has held over 50 free events, talks and tours.

To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk