The Healthcare Commission yesterday named St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust among five acute Trusts that passed recent hygiene spotchecks, showing that the hospital is successfully adhering to the government’s hygiene code.

Inspectors found that of 51 Trusts checked the majority failed to meet standards introduced to fight hospital infections such as MRSA andClostridium difficile. St George’s however was one of the top performers and, compliant with all requirements of the hygiene code, passed the inspections.

Dr Geraldine Walters, Director of Nursing and Infection Control, said:

“We are very pleased with the results of this recent spotcheck. St George’s takes cleanliness and the prevention and control of infection very seriously. The systems and processes we have in place to protect patients are doing their job and that is very satisfying news for the Trust and patients.

“However, we must work hard to maintain this success. No matter how good our services, poor infection control will always undermine patients’ confidence in the Trust so we are as determined as ever to remain vigilant. Alongside the cleanliness of our wards, we continue to focus on our programme of comprehensive training for staff, stringent hand hygiene and careful use of antibiotics.”

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