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Innovative cleaning system for NHS Trust

Published 27th April, 2012 by Neil Nixon

Innovative cleaning system for NHS Trust

New healthcare cleaning methods being adopted at a newly opened £90 million state-of-the-art development at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester, are already paying dividends.

Hope Building at Salford Royal has opened as part of the Trust’s £200 million redevelopment programme, with the domestic management team deciding to use the new approach from Jigsaw Cleaning Systems.

The 23,614m2 building boasts a new accident and emergency department with 242 beds, which includes a 55-bed emergency assessment unit, a 32- bed critical care unit, and new facilities for renal, intestinal failure and urology services.

The hospital has 65 members of the cleaning team, which will use 32 new trolley systems introduced by Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, designed for the optimum use of space, with a variety of sized buckets and storage compartments for cleaning products and liquids. The team at the hospital is among the first healthcare teams in the UK to introduce the new innovative trolley systems.

It is anticipated that by using these new cleaning methods rather than the traditional ‘wet mop’ system, the hospital will save 500 litres of water every day and two hours of labour - due to time saved emptying and refilling water buckets.

Brian Boll, systems director at Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, said: “The Salford Royal redevelopment programme is a fantastic project to be involved in. The importance of a clean hospital is clear, for patients, visitors and employees alike, and it’s good to see the introduction of our cleaning methods is already making a big difference. Some 80% of the dirt in any building is dust, often creating a micro-mud when using traditional wet methods. This is where our cleaning systems offer great benefits, ensuring the dust is removed, the floor dries much quicker and the time taken to complete the task is vastly reduced, particularly important in healthcare when people are under increased pressure to save time and money.”

The new systems, which include the Hospital Mop system, consisting of a flat mop method of 15 pre-soaked mops, will use 0.5cl of cleaning fluid, with three litres of water, on five, six-bed bays, including communal areas, toilets and corridors. The existing wet mop system would use 200 litres of water, and many labour hours emptying and refilling.

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