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How clean is your hospital?

There is a wealth of information now gathered centrally on every acute trust in the country. This article provides a list of the main sites to look at, if you are interested in finding out information about your local trust. The information available is for hospital trusts in England.

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BBC News NHS Ratings

If you do not know the name of your local acute trust or hospital then use the BBC site below to search by postcode. On this site you can also search for the most recent 'star ratings' of your trust, hospital cleanliness is one of the indicators on which a hospital can lose a star for failing to meet acceptable levels.

Patient Environment Action Teams

Patient Environment Action Teams or PEAT are the main surveyors of cleanliness in hospitals and it is their work which feeds into the cleanliness indicator on the Healthcare commissions ratings.

There is a separate team for each trust which will be made up of staff from that trust and representatives from patient groups. Staff might include estate managers, caterers and infection control representatives. You can see how your hospital performed since 2000 when the system began on this site.

Patient Surveys

Patient surveys are regularly commissioned by the Healthcare Commission which ask question on cleanliness. You can see the breakdown of responses question by question for recent surveys on their site below.

For a summary of outpatient survey 2004/5; visit the site below and follow the links to the outpatient department survey and then download section 3: hospital environment and facilities.

For inpatient results 2004; visit the site below and follow the links to the inpatient survey 2004 and then download section 2:the hospital and the ward.

For the emergency department survey 2004/5; follow the links to the survey and then download section 7: hospital environment and facilities.

MRSA rates of infection

MRSA rates for the last four years have been gathered by the government and published. The latest figures are for October 2004 - March 2005. You can download them by right clicking the link below and choosing "save target as..." from the menu. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file.



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