Poor hygiene standards at hospital – Medical Negligence Claims Update


Only months after a damming report relating to care in Staffordshire Hospital, The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the body tasked with ensuring good standards of medical care has produced a report highly critical of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Poor hygiene standards are known to be factors in the spread of hospital acquired infections such as C-Difficile and MRSA.

In October 2009, the CQC rated the trust as 'good' overall but subsequently made unannounced inspections and found clear evidence of poor hygiene practice. Amongst their findings were:

  • Floors and curtains stained with blood
  • Blood-splattered on trays used to carry equipment
  • Badly soiled mattresses in the A&E department with stains soaked through to the foam filling
  • Items that should only be used once still in use
  • Equipment in the resuscitation room that was past the use-by

The trust said it was "not complacent", and "confident" the concerns were not indicative of wider problems.

Chairman Michael Large said: "It is an extremely serious matter and we do not seek to underestimate its gravity.

"I want to reassure our local community that the safety and well-being of our patients is our highest priority."

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