The cleanliness of healthcare premises has been firmly fixed as a key issue on the NHS agenda since 2000. The Health and Social Care Act 2008, states that all occupied premises must maintain an appropriate standard of cleanliness and hygiene.
As specialists we work closely with Doctors Surgeries and Medical Practices to help them deliver a cleaning strategy in-line with standards set through the ‘National Specifications for Cleanliness in the NHS: Primary Care Medical and Dental Premises’; ensuring that our clients receive an outstanding rating following their ‘Care Quality Commission’ (CQC) assessments.
The CQC process can be a daunting and stressful experience for any practice manager, it doesn’t need to be. We help with the provision of simple, easy-to-follow processes which have been proven effective in healthcare environments. It is important that the processes adopted are clear and concise regarding the issues of infection prevention & control and cleaning.
Emphasis for cleaning and disinfection should be placed on surfaces that are most likely to become contaminated with pathogens, including clinical contact surfaces e.g. frequently touched surfaces such as light handles, switches, computed equipment. To help ensure these areas are meeting the correct standards, audit and inspection policies are introduced to regularly monitor cleaning, identify shortcomings, take appropriate remedial action whilst providing a clear and robust audit trail
The cleanliness of any health care environment is important to ensure patient confidence.