Trusty trol­ley hy­giene team are clean­ing up on the jokes front

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

IT is not just the doc­tors do­ing their rounds at East Cheshire Hos­pice – the house­keep­ers with their trusty trol­leys are never far away.

The six-strong team is al­ways on the move en­sur­ing that ev­ery nook and cranny stays spot­lessly clean.

Peter Bai­ley, from Mac­cles­field, is the long­est serv­ing mem­ber of the house­keep­ing team, hav­ing seen many changes dur­ing his 11 years at the Mill­bank Drive site.

He said: “The build­ing’s changed since I came here, with the new ex­ten­sion, and thank­fully we don’t just rely on the old-fash­ioned mop and bucket any more.

“The trol­leys carry all sorts of clean­ing equip­ment and I was in­volved in choos­ing the type we use. It is a big place, though, and you can feel it in your legs at the end of the day.”

Peter was an aux­il­iary nurse at a Lon­don hos­pice in the 1980s and has worked in care homes so feels at home among pa­tients.

“My phi­los­o­phy is that if you can make peo­ple laugh even if only for 10 sec­onds then you might have done them some good.

“You have to re­mem­ber that some pa­tients don’t have vis­its from rel­a­tives and friends and we might be the only non-clin­i­cal peo­ple they see so they may like to chat, even if it’s what was on TV the night be­fore.

“How­ever, we al­ways show re­spect and will leave peo­ple alone if they pre­fer not to chat.

“There’s a great team spirit among the house­keep­ers and we’re an im­por­tant cog in the hos­pice ma­chine.”

Peter and col­leagues James Knight, James Rogers, Ar­ran By­rom, Sarah Hana­gan and Su­san Ox­ley are part of the hos­pi­tal­ity team led by Rob Kind whose re­spon­si­bil­i­ties also in­clude cater­ing and laun­dry.

East Cheshire Hos­pice has an ex­em­plary hy­giene record, achiev­ing 100 per cent in­fec­tion con­trol re­sults, which is para­mount with health care clean­li­ness un­der so much scru­tiny gen­er­ally.

Rob said: “We clean ev­ery room ev­ery day, in­clud­ing all the ma­chin­ery, and have a pro­gramme of deep clean­ing.

“We make sure the build­ing is ready for op­er­a­tion and our team has enor­mous pride in their work.

“The hos­pice is a com­mu­nity hub and a hive of ac­tiv­ity. The pal­lia­tive care is just one el­e­ment of our work, we sup­port day care, out­pa­tients and a host of meet­ings and events.

“It’s a bril­liant place to work and our house­keep­ing, laun­dry and cater­ing teams are al­ways in de­mand.”

●● From left: James Knight, Rob Kind, James Rogers and Peter Bai­ley

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