Hospital scores high on hygiene in spite of concerns

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Patients and visitors have been reassured Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital takes hygiene seriously.

Concern was expressed by hospital visitor Joan Woolard after she read a report in a daily newspaper that one in 16 patients nationally are developing infections on NHS wards because of poor hygiene among staff.

Kim Barr, matron for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) at the Johnson Community Hospital, said: “Protecting our patients, staff and visitors is very important to us and we follow very strict procedures to keep our hospital clean.

“Many visitors will have seen and used the hand gels in areas such as the ward entrance. For staff, hand hygiene is closely monitored and we also require them to wear uniforms and other protective equipment. We regularly audit cleanliness and every year we take part in a national PLACE (Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment) assessment led by members of the public. In the most recent visit, the Johnson Community Hospital was given a cleanliness score of 93.30 per cent. LCHS also scored higher than the national average for community hospitals for handwashing materials in the 2013 NHS staff survey.”