It’s important to get value for money from long-term NHS cleaning contracts that deliver excellent results, and that’s where REACT shines.
There’s been some good news over the past couple of weeks in the health and care sector. With the advent of several Covid-19 vaccines, there’s the prospect for us to get the virus better under control. But it’s vital not to let up on the measures that have been working to date. It will take some time to roll out the vaccine effectively across the whole population. And in any case in the healthcare sector, enhanced cleaning protocols are a fact of life. So, it’s important to get value for money from long-term NHS cleaning contracts that deliver excellent results. That’s where REACT shines, and in this blog, we’re looking at how we help keep minds focused on hygiene in healthcare.
Cleaning protocols that tackle infections throughout the healthcare system
At every level in the NHS, there’s a whole host of buildings which need to be kept clean. Out in the community, there are more than 6,800 GP surgeries across the UK. And of course, there are hundreds of bigger facilities. Some 220 acute NHS trusts run hospitals, treatment centres and specialist care at around 1,600 sites in the UK. (Some of these hospital trusts have between two and eight sites, including one of our major NHS clients in London). In each of these buildings, government standards demand strict hygiene protocols to protect patients and staff alike.
Since 2014, there have been enhanced cleaning protocols across the NHS in the wake of successive high-profile failures. One critical concern is the prevalence of ‘superbugs’, strains of bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics. Cleaner hospitals and community health facilities reduce rates of healthcare-acquired infections. And in 2020, there’s been the added imperative to limit the spread of Covid-19 during the pandemic. This has brought into stark relief the need to provide cleaning on a contract basis.
NHS cleaning contracts, from hospital trusts to local GP surgeries
REACT has established an enviable reputation as specialists in the delivery of cleaning NHS facilities to the highest standards. Our NHS contract cleaning services offer long-term cost savings by negating at source the need for costly repeat visits to treat otherwise avoidable outbreaks. We use premium products and innovative solutions to ensure all areas are truly clear of life-threatening viruses and drug-resistant bacteria. Our robust four-step infection control methodology ensures areas are clean by testing for residues before and after cleaning and disinfection. Our quality and innovation-led approach provides vital, potentially life-saving protection for patients.
We have extensive experience of cleaning all patient-facing environments within hospitals, including operating theatres and endoscopy departments, scanning rooms and general wards, and therapy and rehabilitation facilities. We won’t skimp on cleaning non-clinical areas either, such as waiting rooms, toilets and washrooms, or public areas and corridors. In GP surgeries, we’ll deliver high hygiene standards in consulting rooms, treatment rooms and reception areas. And with our expertise, we can adapt to the specifics of the facility with the appropriate equipment, whether it’s a hard floor or a hard-to-reach ceiling.
Staff with cleaning know-how support good clinical hygiene
Our expert cleaning staff are trained to the highest standards and qualified for work in all healthcare environments. We always use appropriate PPE and cleaning equipment, and our staff are trained in its correct use. We provide our staff with exhaustive instruction in the safe disposal of all types of clinical waste, including general waste, bodily fluids, human waste, and sharps.
What’s more, we ensure that all our staff are themselves medically fit, so they won’t be bringing pathogens into healthcare environments. We make sure that they’re immunised against blood-borne pathogens (and of course, we’ll be working hard to get them the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible). We have a comprehensive sickness self-reporting scheme, which includes a strict return to work policy. And we look after our staff’s mental wellbeing as well as their physical health. We truly are focused on delivering the highest possible value in NHS contract cleaning.
To find out more about REACT Specialist Cleaning and our NHS contract cleaning services, 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.