New hos­pi­tal de­fends its clean­ing meth­ods

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

nHs greater glas­gow and Clyde have re­futed crit­i­cism about the clean­ing rou­tines at Queen El­iz­a­beth univer­sity Hos­pi­tal.

the hos­pi­tal is used by pa­tients from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, who are ad­vised to go there for emer­gency treat­ment.

Re­ports last week sug­gested clean­ers at the super-hos­pi­tal felt they could not do a proper job be­cause of“im­pos­si­ble”work­loads – spark­ing in­fec­tion fears.

How­ever, in a state­ment re­leased last thurs­day, the health board said: “Ev­ery room is thor­oughly cleaned in be­tween pa­tients. spot cleans – which are car­ried out in ad­di­tion to full cleans - have al­ways formed part of a full clean­ing sched­ule and this is still the case in the new hos­pi­tal.

“there are more do­mes­tic and su­per­vi­sory staff em­ployed at the Queen El­iz­a­beth univer­sity Hos­pi­tal site than there were at all the pre­vi­ous hos­pi­tals com­bined. this is due to the hos­pi­tal hav­ing sin­gle bed­ded rooms and we recog­nise these take longer to clean.

“Room clean­ing and pa­tient move­ments are co­or­di­nated be­tween nurses and clean­ing staff. pa­tients are only ad­mit­ted to their room once it has been fully cleaned. Day rooms are avail­able in ev­ery ward if slight de­lays do oc­cur.

“there has been sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in clean­ing equip­ment, in­clud­ing mops, which are laun­dered on site.

“We take both in­fec­tion con­trol and staff wel­fare ex­tremely se­ri­ously. We will con­tinue to work with staff who have con­cerns about their work­ing pat­terns.”

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