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Warning issued on NHS hygiene

9th July 2007

The Healthcare Commission has given its first warning to a NHS Trust in England regarding its failure to meet NHS hygiene regulations.


Inspectors gave Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust an improvement notice. The trust, which is responsible for two hospitals, was visited by the Commission as part of a programme of surprise visits to 11 health organisations.

Trusts have to state if they are able to comply with three standards set out by the hygiene code.

Although the trust had declared it was meeting standards, inspectors found it failed to meet standards for hygiene, management, risk assessment and provision of isolation facilities.

The trust also failed to provide anti-infection alcohol gels in areas used by patients and staff.

120 trusts are due to have unexpected inspections in the course of the year. This follows government legislation as part of the Health Act 2006 to give the Commission the authority to deliver improvement warnings.

A spokesman for Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust said the trust was "very disappointed" by its failure to meet standards and stated: "we have a robust action plan to meet the outstanding requirements in the improvement notice."

Anna Walker, chief executive of the Healthcare Commission, said they expected that the trust would deal with the issues swiftly. She added: "I am reassured that the trust has already begun to implement our requirements, and patients can also be reassured by this."

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