As a specialist cleaning company, we ensure hospital hygiene from top to bottom, with high level cleaning and floor cleaning services.
Even at the best of times, the healthcare sector is one which demands the highest standards of hygiene. And right now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, cleaning regimes in hospitals and other healthcare settings are even more rigorous. As a specialist cleaning company, we’re able to undertake all the different aspects of hospital cleaning to ensure cleanliness from top to bottom. Our expertise extends to two specific areas of cleaning that require specialist equipment and methods: high level cleaning and floor cleaning. In this blog, we’re going to look at how we apply our methods in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Hospital cleaning and standards across the NHS
The NHS property portfolio is vast and encompasses a huge range of different buildings. There are some 220 acute NHS trusts running hospitals, treatment centres and specialist care at around 1,600 sites in the UK. (Some trusts have between two and eight hospital sites, including one of our major NHS clients in London). There are also more than 6,800 GP surgeries across the UK. That’s a lot of properties to keep clean – and as we’ve already mentioned, it’s a sector that demands the strictest of hygiene standards.
Indeed, the government published a revised specification for cleaning hospitals in 2014. This reflected concerns over the effects of poor cleaning in successive high-profile cases. In particular, there was concern over the prevalence of ‘superbugs’, strains of bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics. A key purpose of cleaning hospitals is to reduce rates of hospital-acquired infections. Of course, floors are a very obvious part of a rigorous cleaning regime. But high-level cleaning should not be overlooked either. We’re going to look at both in turn.
Hospital cleaning top down with high level cleaning
Effective cleaning of areas in hard to reach places at height requires specialist expertise and access equipment. Our operators are trained to work at height, to ensure premises look professional and visually appealing and are compliant with legislation. We can focus on every element at high level, including ducting and suspended ceilings. And we can work in every part of a building, from reception areas through to exteriors.
What’s more, at all times our staff place a focus on maintaining the highest health and safety standards. If the healthcare facility’s staff are onsite when we’re performing high level cleaning, we’ll ensure the area is cordoned off with hazard signs. We’ll be meticulous about making sure everything is in order before we leave the premises.
Hospital cleaning from the bottom up with floor cleaning
Floor cleaning must often focus on the safety aspects first. That’s because one of the most common types of workplace accidents created by poor housekeeping are slips, trips, and falls. Indeed, 29% of all reported non-fatal UK workplace accidents in 2018/19 were as a result of slipping, tripping or falling on the same level. And in hospitals, it’s not just workers who need to be protected from such risks. Patients may be unsteady on their feet as it is, so it’s all the more important to avoid slippery conditions arising from water, moisture, oils or grease left on the floor.
We provide a wide array of specialist floor cleaning services. Whether it is a localised area or an entire floor space, a regular scheduled clean or response to spillage, our fully vetted, experienced operators are available 24/7. We utilise common sense, innovation and leading products to consistently ensure professional, lasting results in short timescales at competitive rates. Of course, most hospital floors are either smooth, hard surfaces (most often in reception areas) or lino-type floor coverings in corridors and wards. But we can also undertake carpet cleaning services in GP surgeries, and will adapt our cleaning regimes to the needs of particular buildings.
To find out more about React Specialist Cleaning and our high-level cleaning and floor cleaning services for hospitals, contact one of the team today.
Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the CEO of React Group plc., a business dedicated to specialist cleaning, hygiene and decontamination. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.