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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 8 March 2011
Date of Publication: 19 August 2011
Inspection Report published 19 August 2011 PDF

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People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

Our judgement

The hospital adheres to a clear policy and associated processes to ensure that people who use the services, staff and visitors are protected from the risks of infection.

User experience

Patients said that the hospital was kept clean and one patient described it as ‘much cleaner than before’.

Although patients and staff were seen working together in cleaning tasks as per the community programme, housekeeping staff were also seen cleaning communal areas. Patients told us that they were trained and had participated in the 2011 PEAT audit for the hospital.

Other evidence

The hospital has implemented control of infection policies and procedures and has access to specialist advice and support when required. Staff were aware of their responsibilities to control and prevent the spread of infection and were seen to use hand gel after washing their hands and entering different areas in the hospital.

The hospital received a poor rating for the environment in the 2010 PEAT assessment with cleaning identified as an area of concern. The trust Healthcare Associated Infection re -inspection (HCAI) in 2010 found no breeches in the units visited. The trust implemented a programme of cleaning and refurbishment which has been carried out throughout the trust in 2010. The cleaning contractor undertakes environmental audits and the results are reviewed at ward, directorate and trust board appointed committees. The hospital was visibly clean and free from odours at the time of our visit.

Cleaning schedules were available and displayed. Housekeeping staff explained how they carried out their cleaning responsibilities and this reflected the information in the schedules. Hand washing facilities were stocked with soap and towels and hand gel was available at various points in the building.