Sunday, August 12, 2007

England's dirtiest hospitals revealed

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Nearly half of all hospital kitchens and canteens in England could be failing to meet basic standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

Rats, cockroaches and mouse droppings, medical waste on food handling equipment and poor personal hygiene among catering staff were all cited as problems in a new report.

The research said dozens of hospitals were failing to store food at the correct temperature, while 18 had food that was out of date, putting patients' health at risk.

The findings came from a Freedom of Information request submitted to a quarter of all English local authorities, asking them for their local authority health inspection reports into the food preparation areas of hospitals within their authority.

Inspections highlighted five or more areas of concern in six hospitals.

The institutions were: Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford; Churchill Hospital in Oxford; Blackpool Victoria Hospital in Blackpool; City Hospital in Derby; Ipswich Hospital in Ipswich and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Norwich.

At the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, "full-grown adult" cockroaches were found in kitchens according to the 2006 report; the 2007 report stated there had been "regular reports of an infestation of oriental cockroaches in the kitchen".

Mice were found in the lobby of Erith & District Hospital Canteen in Erith.

Inspectors visiting the Mayday University Hospital in Croydon found a syringe and needle on supper tray and pre-cooked chicken stored next to raw meat. Link




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