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Eight Greater Manchester Hospitals Are Failing to Meet Standards for Keeping ‘very high risk’ Areas Clean

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Eight Greater Manchester Hospitals Are Failing to Meet Standards for Keeping ‘very high risk’ Areas Clean

The National Patient Safety Agency recommends that all very high risk areas should score a cleanliness rating of 98pc to protect patient health and safety.

Analysis of official 2016/17 figures by the Trinity Mirror data unit revealed North Manchester Hospital in Crumpsall achieved a 94 per cent standard and according to the Estates Return Information Collection, published by NHS Digital, 11 per cent of the hospital was classed as ‘very high risk’.

At the Royal Oldham Hospital, the standard achieved was 95 pc in very high risk areas, which make up 13 pc of the total hospital floor space, while at Leigh Infirmary, a standard of 96 pc was achieved. In the infirmary’s case, high risk areas make up just four per cent of the total area.

Wythenshawe Hospital, Tameside General Hospital and the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan all saw very high risk areas achieve a standard of 96 pc, while Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport and Wrightington Hospital in Wigan just missed the target achieving 97 pc.

Auditing of cleanliness is carried out regularly by hospital staff, managers every quarter and assessed by people outside the hospital every yearly basis.

Each room in a hospital is assigned a total score based on the number of elements that require cleaning. Assessors then score each element as ‘acceptable’ (1) or ‘unacceptable’ (0). Once all elements in a room have been scored, the total number of acceptable scores is expressed as a percentage of the total possible number of acceptable scores in the room.

For example, if a room had a maximum of 12 elements, and 10 were acceptable, the overall percentage would be calculated as 10/12 or 83 pc.

Scores for each area are combined to give aggregate scores.

The figures - taken from the Hospital Estates and Facilities Statistics publication - also show a 95 pc standard for ‘high and significant risk areas’ was also not met at most of Greater Manchester hospitals, except Wythenshawe and Stepping Hill. All other hospitals achieved 90 pc.

General wards would usually be classified as ‘high risk’, with laboratories and outpatient departments generally classed as ‘significant risk’.

Low risk areas are generally administrative offices and storage areas. All hospital trusts involved have been contacted for comment.

Stepping Hill said the hospital was doing more checks in high risk areas, considering increasing the amount of time cleaners spend in those areas, and working to ensuring cleaners work closer with its infection prevention team, as well as with doctors and nurses on wards and in theatre areas.

A spokesman for Tameside General said: “We take cleanliness and patient safety very seriously and so are disappointed to have missed the 98 per cent recommended target by two percentage points. We will be reviewing our policies to see what additional measures we can introduce to improve our position.”

A spokesman for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Wythenshawe Hospital, said; “We wish to reassure our patients, staff and the public that cleanliness across Wythenshawe Hospital is of paramount importance and the standard of cleanliness is extremely high. In the 2017 Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment, which is a system for assessing the quality of the patient environment, cleanliness at Wythenshawe Hospital was rated as 98.92 pc, which is higher than the national average.”

 

Source: Manchester Evening News

 

 

Eight Greater Manchester Hospitals Are Failing to Meet Standards for Keeping ‘very high risk’ Areas Clean

 
 
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