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Hygiene tests failed at acute hospitals

24th November 2008

The Healthcare Commission has said 46 out of 51 acute hospital trusts in England failed a recent hygiene spot check.


Only five trusts passed the tests and met the government's hygiene code, meaning that most trusts have not met regulations which are meant to combat superbug infections such as MRSA.

More than 50% did not ensure that areas were kept "clean and well-maintained" although the Commission stated that most conditions did not pose an immediate danger to patient safety.

The five trusts which passed were: Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust and St Helen's and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust.

Those trusts which had conditions which could pose a danger to patients were informed they had to make changes immediately and three were handed improvement notices.

The notices were given to Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, and Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust.

Chief executive Anna Walker said that although the health service was looking closely at ensuring infection was prevented and progress had been made, there were still "gaps that need closing".

"Now the challenge for trusts is to ensure they drive further sustained improvements by getting the right systems in place all of the time."

"In particular, trusts need to ensure their wards are consistently clean and well maintained, and they have good decontamination and isolation arrangements."


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