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Chelsea and Westminster is top of a clean bill of health

19 December 2005

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been given a clean bill of health by watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, following an unannounced inspection of cleanliness at the hospital.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been given a clean bill of health by watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, following an unannounced inspection of cleanliness at the hospital.

Three areas were inspected A&E, David Erskine and William Gilbert wards. Detailed inspections were carried out to assess patient environment, equipment, kitchens, hand washing and bathroom facilities.

The Trust scored 97 per cent putting it in the top band of all hospitals across the country and in the top three of all acute hospitals inspected. There were 37 NHS acute hospitals inspected.

The Healthcare Commission described hospitals that scored in the top band as showing ‘high standards of cleanliness’ across the board with only a few instances where cleanliness was below standard.

Director of Operations at the Trust, Edward Donald, said: “This is a tribute to all staff, both NHS and those employed by our partners ISS Mediclean, who have made great strides too improve cleanliness at the hospital.

“With thousands of people using the hospital every day it’s a big challenge to maintain the high standards we all want for our patients and our staff. We can’t be complacent. Patients and visitors also have a role to play and we would ask them for their continued support to help us make improvements.“

Recent initiatives at the hospital include the launch of a deep cleaning programme and the development of a PEAT (Patient Environment Action Teams) ‘plus’ scheme. This is an extension of the national programme which includes new local targets and formal inspections every two months which include patient representatives.

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