Ensuring that our wards and departments are kept clean is vital to preventing the spread of infections and is something we take very seriously. We monitor cleaning in a number of ways. Our facilities staff ensure standards of cleanliness are maintained and monitored across all areas of the hospital.
Every area has a matron who is a senior nurse/midwife who, together with ward managers, liaises closely with the cleaning services team to maintain high standards of cleanliness. Matrons and Ward Managers also check cleanliness on a regular basis. During "go and see visits" the Chief Executive and Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Operations also walk around with the Infection Prevention and Control Team bi-monthly. Every six months our Infection Prevention & Control Team and ward staff carry out an environmental inspection. The Trust will be participating in the National P.L.A.C.E, Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment.
This assessment is carried out by members of the public for external, internal and outpatient areas. If a patient has an infection that runs the risk of being transmitted to another patient, additional cleaning, isolation and barrier nursing is carried out in line with national guidance on infection prevention & control. Patients and visitors can help us to keep clean and tidy by disposing of any litter thoroughly.
We also ask that if any patients or visitors have any concerns about the standard of cleanliness on any of our wards that they contact a member of staff or the Patient Facilities Manager on 0151 702 4150 immediately.