Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust has just strengthened its team of matrons from 22 to 30. It reintroduced the role in 2007, like other trusts, to provide ‘strong leadership for frontline nurses’ and focus in particular on improving infection control procedures.
Housekeepers have also been allocated to every ward to ensure areas are clean and welcoming, freeing up nursing staff to treat patients.
Judy Gillow, director of nursing at the trust, said: ‘Patient feedback has been extremely helpful in letting us know where we are doing well and those areas where we need to improve. We are striving to get it right every time.
‘With our expanded team of matrons and housekeepers, we are determined to make our hospitals cleaner, safer and more comfortable for our patients at the same time as providing them with first-class treatment,’ she said.
The trust, which employs more than 8,000 staff, has recently applied for foundation status.
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