New hospital defends its cleaning methods
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.”