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Trust failing to meet hygiene standards, watchdog warns

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A second NHS trust has been issued with a warning from the Healthcare Commission after it failed to meet government infection control regulations.

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust was issued with the ‘improvement notice’ last month after inspectors found it breached two of the 11 compulsory duties outlined in the government’s hygiene code.

During unannounced visits on 21 and 22 January, the regulator found that trust had not followed appropriate decontamination procedures for theatre equipment. It also discovered soiled commodes which were marked ready for use and patient environments which had not been properly cleaned.

Commission chief executive Anna Walker said: ‘We found that cleanliness was not good enough and equipment decontamination processes needed improving. This is not acceptable to patients, who want to know that everything possible is being done to protect their safety and ensure a good standard of care.’

Announcing the notice today, the Healthcare Commission said it had set deadlines for the trust to address the problems. It has already resolved the decontamination issue, the regulator added.

Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust became the first trust to be issued with an improvement notice last July.

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