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Right Arrow Trust is ‘Top of the League’ for cleanliness - PR/41/0506
08 February 2006 at 09:37
Figures published yesterday by the Department of Health show that Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has the lowest rate of MRSA Bloodstream infection in the country. Over the 4½ years that Trusts have had to report figures to the Department of Health, the Trust has reported a total of 46 cases and has the lowest percentage rate of any General Acute Trust in the country. Martin Kiernan, Infection Control Nurse Consultant said ”We are very encouraged by these figures, and pleased that they reflect our continuing commitment to providing our patients with the safest possible environment. In the event of a patient contracting an MRSA bloodstream infection, a thorough investigation is undertaken in order to help us make any improvements in the care of our patients. “We believe our team approach to creating high standards of cleanliness with domestic services working together with nursing staff and the infection control team is the most effective way of combating the problem. Developments such as Domestic Task Teams have strengthened the cleaning teams and helped to maintain and improve standards. As ever, though, we are not complacent and we will continue to strive to make the hospital an even safer environment, reducing incidents to the minimum level possible” But it is not just us who say so. In a recent independent audit by facilities managers from a neighbouring Trust, Ormskirk & District General Hospital was declared 98 percent clean. The team of inspectors carried out a comprehensive review from beds to toilets and everything in between, and declared them as either clean or dirty. We scored an average of 98 percent, with four of the areas assessed scoring 100 percent. Geraldine Boocock, Medical Director said “This is once again tremendous news for our patients who can be confident that their local Trust is the best there is when it comes to cleanliness. Where patients are faced with a choice of where to go for their treatment they should look very carefully at the hospital’s record of cleanliness before making that choice.” Notes to Editors: As part of the Model Cleaning Contract brought in last year by the Department of Health as a weapon in the war against hospital acquired infections, each year hospitals have to have an inspection called a National Specification for Cleanliness. The inspection at Ormskirk was carried out on Thursday 2nd February, and a similar inspection will be carried out at Southport by the end of February. The six areas visited at Ormskirk Hospital were: the Rehabilitation Unit; H Ward; The Treatment Centre; X-ray; the Neonatal Ward and Children’s Accident & Emergency. These areas range from a moderate risk area to a very high risk area. During the period April 2001 to September 2005 the Trust reported 46 cases of MRSA which represents a rate of 0.05% per 1000 bed days. Photograph shows proud members of the cleaning staff at Ormskirk Hospital. Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714 E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk