South Devon hospital closed for ‘deep clean’

June 27th, 2013 Category: Building Management

A South Devonshire hospital is to be closed for around a month to carry out a deep clean.

Staff at the hospital will be administering a thorough clean by taking the radiators off the wall, cleaning ventilation systems and emptying and cleaning storage areas. As issues such as Norovirus become increasingly spoke about, maintaining good levels of cleanliness and hygiene in UK establishments has become of paramount importance. Offices, schools and various other buildings around the south of England are also reconsidering their cleaning services to ensure they are maintaining the required standards.

Paignton hospital’s Coverdale Ward team will be temporarily moved to Torbay Hospital's Warrington Ward, with all other services – including the minor injuries unit and the outpatient services – continuing to operate as normal. Thankfully, there are no existing patients in the Coverdale Ward who need to be transferred, which made opting for a deep clean an easy choice.

Speaking to the Herald Express, Jane Viner, director of professional practice at Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, said the clean is part of an annual programme and is an effective way of managing bugs such as Norovirus.

She said: "I want to forewarn patients, their family, friends or visitors that during this period it will be necessary to keep the Coverdale Ward closed to new admissions.

"Instead, the team will relocate to Torbay Hospital's Warrington ward where patients will be admitted instead. Our staff will do all they can to minimise any disruption during this cleaning programme and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience it may cause."

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