Janice Raycroft carries out a close inspection of what’s out there to ensure cleanrooms tick all the boxes when it comes to meeting health and safety requirements.

There’s just one subject right on the heels of Brexit when it comes to focussing minds in Britain’s political arena this year – health and social care. The ‘Dreaded Deficit’ and the education system have their moments in the limelight but, as an ageing population combines with increasing pressure on the nation’s health services, future provision is driving much of the agenda.

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For our industry the thoughts here are not only about what will happen to all of us in years to come (get ready, those under 40, you’ll be working until at least 70) but the implications of more social care facilities opening, both privately-run and those operated by local authorities and health services.

All are inspected by the Care Quality Commission and beyond standards of actual care there’s a focus on health and safety which puts a spotlight on avoiding contamination. The Department of Health’s memorandum on ‘Decontamination of linen for health and social care’ alone runs to 41 pages and references the Textile Services Association’s guidelines.

Some success stories

So for operations such So for operations such as care homes and those who manufacture and supply laundry equipment it’s essential for both to get it right first time. Of all the areas where we must ‘go the extra mile’ this is certainly one, and a good example is provided by what happened when Abbey Grange Nursing Home in Sheffield, which provides residential, nursing and dementia care, recently re-equipped its laundry...

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