‘Rapid Response’ Cleaning Teams to be Sent in to Hospitals to Stop Infection

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Cleaning teams will be brought in to every hospital ward in South Wales in the latest attempt to cut infection rates.

Health Minister Edwina Hart will ensure every NHS trust sets up a “rapid response” cleaning team, which can be mobilised to carry out deep cleaning, in a bid to stop the spread of infections like Norovirus and MRSA.

Edwina Hart said: ‘We are already working hard to improve hospital cleanliness. The overall infection rate in Wales is lower than that in England and Scotland.’

‘I would also stress that cleanliness is everybody’s responsibility – not only that of NHS staff but patients and visitors too.’

Ward sisters will be in charge of the ward-based cleaning teams. The moves are designed to improve standards of cleanliness in Welsh hospitals and give patients the confidence that they are being treated in a safe environment.

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