Student soapbox: keeping clean
Carolyn Edwards gives her views on grubby hospitals
The government is giving hospitals an extra £31m for cleaning after a report by managers from Richard Branson's Virgin Group found “grubby wards” throughout the NHS.1
So someone has finally noticed. In my experience, though, the grime in NHS hospitals goes deeper than this. I have been working as a part time healthcare assistant for seven years in hospitals as far apart as Sussex, Bristol, and west Yorkshire. My lowly job has given me an insight into the true extent of NHS hospital filth.
Failures in basic hygiene are remarkably consistent. Let us consider what happens when a patient is discharged. You are most likely under the impression that his or her bed and other bedside items, such as locker, curtains, chair, and table, will be thoroughly cleaned before a new patient is admitted. Think again.
In many instances, the bed is simply remade. Alternatively, it may be given a