Cleaning innovation at new cancer centre


Cleaning innovation at new cancer centre

Cleaning operations at the brand new cancer centre at Guy’s Hospital in London are being managed by CK Group and an in-house team using Taski machines and equipment from Diversey. In addition to a fleet of floorcare machines, microfibre and trolley systems, the site is the first hospital in the UK to use the Taski Intellibot robotic scrubber dryer.

The cancer centre is a £160 million development to provide a full range of outpatient services including radiotherapy, chemotherapy, imaging, minor procedures, and therapies. By bringing the majority of cancer treatment into one building, it will streamline care provision and improve the experience for patients from across south east London and beyond. The building will accommodate 700 outpatients at peak times across all services.

With its longstanding experience in healthcare, CK Group has provided cleaning services for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for many years. Its management team started working with counterparts at the Trust during the construction phase to devise, commission and implement a cleaning regime to meet extremely strict criteria and objectives. In addition to exceptional levels of hygiene, these included meeting the Trust’s wish to embrace innovation and sustainable cleaning.

Although the treatment floors of the cancer centre have slightly different layouts, each generally has an open lift-lobby area with access to treatment rooms and changing rooms, specialist facilities, washrooms, offices, and external balconies for patients, visitors and staff to relax.

The cleaning requirement is similar for all floors, but each must have a specific set of cleaning processes, machines and tools. Working to the brief agreed with the in-house team, CK Group recommended a complete range of Taski equipment from Diversey Care which the Trust purchased through CK Consumables.

 “We trialled the Intellibot at St Thomas’s earlier in the year and it was very successful,” said Ian Pether, CK Group’s managing director. “We like to invest in technology and innovation for contracts because this shows our cleaners that we are investing in them to enhance performance and hygiene levels. We want to enhance standards with the same number of staff and for the same money but we still need people on the floor.”

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