Hospitals: Cleaning Services

Health written question – answered at on 31 January 2008.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the cleanliness of hospitals contracted to South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The national health service is assessed by the Healthcare Commission against core and developmental standards within Standards for Better Health. In respect of cleanliness, South Staffordshire primary care trust rated itself as compliant against core standard 21, which states:

"Healthcare services are provided in environments which promote effective care and optimise health outcomes by being well designed and well maintained with cleanliness levels in clinical and non-clinical areas that meet the national specifications for clean NHS premises."

The Healthcare Commission also conducts the national patient surveys, which ask a variety of questions regarding cleanliness. The patient survey results are used as part of the evidence of compliance with the standards.

In addition, the National Patient Safety Agency conducts an annual patient environment action team (PEAT) inspection of all hospitals of 10 or more beds. This is a self-assessment, which includes cleanliness among other patient environment issues. The score generated is then banded into either: unacceptable, poor, acceptable, good or excellent. This report is available in full on the internet at

The following table identifies those hospitals that contract with South Staffordshire PCT, their assessment of compliance against core standard 21 and their PEAT score. Compliance with core standard 21 is taken at trust level and the PEAT score at individual site level.

Name of hospital Core standard 21 PEAT environment rating
Samuel Johnson Community Hospital Compliant as South Staffordshire PCT Good
Sir Robert Peel Hospital Compliant as South Staffordshire PCT Good
Cannock Chase Compliant as Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals Good
St. George's Hospital Compliant as South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation Trust Good
Queens Hospital Burton Compliant as Burton Hospitals NHS Trust Good
Staffordshire General Hospital Compliant as Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals Good

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