Hospital staff will have to wash their own scrubs

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HOSPITAL staff will have to wash their soiled scrubs at home as part of plans to upgrade the quality of their uniforms.

Staff at Salisbury District Hospital will be given better quality scrubs but as they are more expensive, nurses, midwives and ward staff will need to launder them, saving the cost of cleaning them in the hospital’s own laundry.

The new scrubs will come in three different colours, according to the role and seniority of staff, and they are expected to be in place later this year. Staff have raised concerns about the spread of infection, and staff unions have this week voiced their worries over the impact on staff.

Mark Wareham, speaking on behalf of the joint Staff Side unions, said they are concerned about the “extra burden upon staff” who will face the costs of cleaning their uniforms.

“Whilst we accept that many employees wanted to take on these duties, and feel able to cope with the additional burden,” he said. “We are concerned for the impact on the low paid, mainly female worker who will be most detrimentally affected by this change,” he said.

“There is little good news in this proposal for them other than a possibility of some tax relief, and the hospital may be able to assist them with purchasing new washing machines.”

He added: “This comes at a time when NHS staff are facing year on year real cuts in their standard of living as a result of government austerity measures and with the trust continuing to pose the threat of imposing even worse pay and conditions on staff through their membership of the south west pay cartel.”

Fiona Hyett, deputy director of nursing, said the decision is based on feedback from patients and staff, who expressed a preference for better quality scrubs.

She said: “Before the implementation of scrub suits in 2006, uniforms would have been cleaned at home and this remains the case in the vast majority of other hospitals across the country without creating a risk of spreading infection and compromising infection control procedures.”

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust will now carry out a formal tendering exercise to choose a company and uniforms, with staff being fully involved in the process.

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6:39pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Green_bird says...

More to the point the hospital wants to free up the laundry so they can take on more outside contracts in order to generate more income to pay those that sit on the arses all day!
More to the point the hospital wants to free up the laundry so they can take on more outside contracts in order to generate more income to pay those that sit on the arses all day! Green_bird
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7:31pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Yer Tis says...

I wonder how the trust will be financially placed when they are sued because inadvertently a staff member brings in a contagious infection from home....and a patient dies as a result!

Sorry this is a step to far, or are they next goign to insist Surgeons take their instruments home to wash!
I wonder how the trust will be financially placed when they are sued because inadvertently a staff member brings in a contagious infection from home....and a patient dies as a result! Sorry this is a step to far, or are they next goign to insist Surgeons take their instruments home to wash! Yer Tis
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7:45am Tue 12 Feb 13

LesleyWaller says...

I am more concerned about the number of MRSA infections in hospitals which is growing and alarming.

It can be kept down if all hospital staff adhere to good hygiene measures including the cleaning of bedding, regular cleaning of wards, etc.

Surely this must also apply to staff uniforms?

I agree with Yer Tis this is a step too far.

Lets keep Salisbury Hospital safe.
I am more concerned about the number of MRSA infections in hospitals which is growing and alarming. It can be kept down if all hospital staff adhere to good hygiene measures including the cleaning of bedding, regular cleaning of wards, etc. Surely this must also apply to staff uniforms? I agree with Yer Tis this is a step too far. Lets keep Salisbury Hospital safe. LesleyWaller
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4:13pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Favicon says...

"Staff at Salisbury District Hospital will be given better quality scrubs but as they are more expensive, nurses, midwives and ward staff will need to launder them, saving the cost of cleaning them in the hospital’s own laundry"

What they really mean is they can't afford to have the NEW EXPENSIVE uniforms damaged with bleach as is the case with the current arrangements ;)
"Staff at Salisbury District Hospital will be given better quality scrubs but as they are more expensive, nurses, midwives and ward staff will need to launder them, saving the cost of cleaning them in the hospital’s own laundry" What they really mean is they can't afford to have the NEW EXPENSIVE uniforms damaged with bleach as is the case with the current arrangements ;) Favicon
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6:36pm Wed 13 Feb 13

karlmarx says...

So washing contaminated scrubs in your own washing machine at home, in the same machine you wash your own clothes is a good idea?
How about if they are put through the local launderettes washing machines, any takers for MRSA, Norovirus or worse?
So washing contaminated scrubs in your own washing machine at home, in the same machine you wash your own clothes is a good idea? How about if they are put through the local launderettes washing machines, any takers for MRSA, Norovirus or worse? karlmarx
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11:30pm Wed 13 Feb 13

aldonreaper says...

@favicom
1. they aint washed with bleach and the current arrangements were designed by the trust and i would like you to enlighten us as to the whole story IE what is the proccess seeing as your the expert
2. can you explain the decontamination process.
3. stop throwing mud at something you know nothing about.
4. have a nice day
@favicom 1. they aint washed with bleach and the current arrangements were designed by the trust and i would like you to enlighten us as to the whole story IE what is the proccess seeing as your the expert 2. can you explain the decontamination process. 3. stop throwing mud at something you know nothing about. 4. have a nice day aldonreaper
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5:37am Thu 14 Feb 13

Favicon says...

aldonreaper wrote:
@favicom 1. they aint washed with bleach and the current arrangements were designed by the trust and i would like you to enlighten us as to the whole story IE what is the proccess seeing as your the expert 2. can you explain the decontamination process. 3. stop throwing mud at something you know nothing about. 4. have a nice day
1. a) If they 'aint' washed with bleach (as you put it), how do YOU explain the huge bleach type blobs all over the scrubs?
2. I can't comment on the decontamination process as I haven't been inside the laundry, although I'm pretty sure the decontamination process is excellent.
3. a) I have SEEN the rows and rows of scrubs in the staff changing rooms that no-one wants to wear because of the state of them (bleach blobs)
b) On a number of occasions I have been forced to wear wrong size scrubs because of the state of the scrubs in my size (bleach blobs)
4. Up yours!
[quote][p][bold]aldonreaper[/bold] wrote: @favicom 1. they aint washed with bleach and the current arrangements were designed by the trust and i would like you to enlighten us as to the whole story IE what is the proccess seeing as your the expert 2. can you explain the decontamination process. 3. stop throwing mud at something you know nothing about. 4. have a nice day[/p][/quote]1. a) If they 'aint' washed with bleach (as you put it), how do YOU explain the huge bleach type blobs all over the scrubs? 2. I can't comment on the decontamination process as I haven't been inside the laundry, although I'm pretty sure the decontamination process is excellent. 3. a) I have SEEN the rows and rows of scrubs in the staff changing rooms that no-one wants to wear because of the state of them (bleach blobs) b) On a number of occasions I have been forced to wear wrong size scrubs because of the state of the scrubs in my size (bleach blobs) 4. Up yours! Favicon
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4:12pm Thu 14 Feb 13

aldonreaper says...

does actichlor ring a bell ding dong
and i havn't received my valentines card yet am I getting one
does actichlor ring a bell ding dong and i havn't received my valentines card yet am I getting one aldonreaper
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11:04am Fri 15 Feb 13

wolshie says...

I find it incomprehensible that a multi million pound organisation such as Salisbury Health Trust would not only penny pinch to this degree but more importantly indirectly risk the health of their patients by implementing such a retrograde measure.

Surely basic hospital hygiene, on a par with cleaning wards and lavatories, would ensure that clothing worn by staff when treating or attending to patients in a hospital environment would be cleaned regularly to a high standard.

Who will check up on how regularly these scrubs are washed if taken home? Will that be 'self regulation' which inevitably becomes a part of a target with a box to be ticked by an administrator.

Salisbury Trust is making a complete fool of itself by implementing such a retrograde and idiotic proposal.
I find it incomprehensible that a multi million pound organisation such as Salisbury Health Trust would not only penny pinch to this degree but more importantly indirectly risk the health of their patients by implementing such a retrograde measure. Surely basic hospital hygiene, on a par with cleaning wards and lavatories, would ensure that clothing worn by staff when treating or attending to patients in a hospital environment would be cleaned regularly to a high standard. Who will check up on how regularly these scrubs are washed if taken home? Will that be 'self regulation' which inevitably becomes a part of a target with a box to be ticked by an administrator. Salisbury Trust is making a complete fool of itself by implementing such a retrograde and idiotic proposal. wolshie
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11:00pm Fri 15 Feb 13

A.nonny.mouse says...

I really don't see the problem with this. Other hospitals e.g. Southampton provide their staff with uniforms that they have to launder themselves. I would prefer to have my own uniform that fits me and looks professional and that i can be sure is clean rather than wear faded/stained/ripped
/outsized scrubs. How can this proposal be seen as idiotic?
I really don't see the problem with this. Other hospitals e.g. Southampton provide their staff with uniforms that they have to launder themselves. I would prefer to have my own uniform that fits me and looks professional and that i can be sure is clean rather than wear faded/stained/ripped /outsized scrubs. How can this proposal be seen as idiotic? A.nonny.mouse
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