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Lockable trolley 'removes risk'
A new lockable cleaning trolley system designed for high-risk healthcare environments is already proving its worth at a hospital in a major NHS trust. The new system and equipment, supplied through Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, is being used on Magnolia Ward in Yeovil, part of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The trolleys are made from high-impact strength plastic, which offers lockable compartments and are designed to enhance storage efficiency.
David Dodd, Facilities manager for the Trust, says: "The trolleys have been purchased to help the service assistants deliver an efficient and very importantly a safe service ensuring that the cleaning chemicals used are safely locked away to prevent any patient inadvertently having an accident with them."
The compartments of the trolley - manufactured in Italy by the product specialist Filmop - can accommodate various kinds of cleaning products and are colour coded to reflect different materials and fluids.
Brian Boll, systems director at Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, explains: "The methods and equipment for cleaning in modern healthcare settings are changing and the lockable trolley offers huge benefits in a high-risk environment whilst offering efficiencies all round."
The Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a wide range of integrated community health, mental health, learning disability and social care services to people of all ages.
The Department of Health has recently released figures which show that NHS spending on cleaning last year was up £40.7m to £937.9m.
A new specification on cleaning in hospitals was published last year by the Department of Health, National Patient Safety Agency and the British Standards Institution.
24th October 2013