DGH scores highly in cleanliness report

File photo dated 18/09/2008 of a person cleaning their hands at a London hospital. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 3, 2009. Twenty-one NHS trusts have failed to meet hygiene standards set by a new 'super-regulator' for health and social care. All trusts were told they had to meet Government standards on cleanliness as part of their registration with the new Care Quality Commission (CQC). See PA story HEALTH Hygiene. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

File photo dated 18/09/2008 of a person cleaning their hands at a London hospital. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 3, 2009. Twenty-one NHS trusts have failed to meet hygiene standards set by a new 'super-regulator' for health and social care. All trusts were told they had to meet Government standards on cleanliness as part of their registration with the new Care Quality Commission (CQC). See PA story HEALTH Hygiene. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s hospitals have received high marks in cleanliness and other areas in the new Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) results.

The trust, which runs the DGH and the Conquest in Hastings, saw the hospitals come up trumps in cleanliness (including hand hygiene); condition, appearance and maintenance; privacy, dignity and wellbeing and food.

The trust’s hospitals assessed were the DGH, Bexhill, Conquest, Crowborough War Memorial, Lewes Victoria, Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial and Uckfield.

Stuart Barnhill, assistant commercial director responsible for all facilities services within the trust, said, “We are pleased to have received positive assessments. It is recognition of the high standards we are committed to achieving and reflects the commitment and dedication of the facilities team in meeting the enormous challenges of keeping our hospitals clean and tidy and providing well cooked, wholesome, nutritionally balanced meals that are appropriate to the needs of our patients.

“However, these results do not mean we can be complacent and we will continue to work towards raising our standards even higher. Good environments matter.

“Every NHS patient should be cared for with compassion and dignity in a clean, safe environment.”