Hos­pi­tal work­ing hard to clean up its clean­li­ness rat­ings

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON Hos­pi­tal has failed a num­ber of as­sess­ments which ex­am­ine hos­pi­tal clean­li­ness.

The rat­ings are based on sur­veys where teams of staff and pa­tient as­ses­sors go into hos­pi­tals and look at clean­li­ness, pri­vacy and food, fill­ing out a form rat­ing the items.

Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal failed on the main­te­nance and safety of its grounds, ac­cord­ing to a team of pa­tient as­ses­sors.

The team also said the con­di­tion, ap­pear­ance and main­te­nance of floors and in­ter­nal fix­tures and fit­tings were not up to scratch.

The hos­pi­tal said it had strength­ened their clean­ing ser­vices since the 2014 as­sess­ment.

A spokesman added: “We have re­viewed the re­sources we have for clean­ing and now work to the Na­tional Spec­i­fi­ca­tions for Clean­li­ness in the NHS which sets out qual­ity stan­dards to be achieved and au­dit pro­cesses.”

The find­ings come from The Pa­tient-Led As­sess­ments of the Care En­vi­ron­ment (PLACE) pro­gramme.

They fo­cus on the en­vi­ron­ment in which care is pro­vided, as well as sup­port­ing non-clin­i­cal ser­vices such as clean­li­ness, food, hy­dra­tion, and the ex­tent to which the pro­vi­sion of care with pri­vacy and dig­nity is sup­ported.

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