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NO EXCUSES SAYS HOMERTON HEAD OF NURSING

PUBLISHED: 06:58 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:57 21 July 2010

Pauline Brown

Pauline Brown

The head of nursing at the Homerton Hospital has pledged to tackle the breaches of the hygiene code identified in last week s critical report by an independent government watchdog...

The head of nursing at the Homerton Hospital has pledged to tackle the breaches of the hygiene code identified in last week's critical report by an independent government watchdog.

Pauline Brown, the chief nurse and director of governance, said she was "horrified" that some dirty bedpans and commodes had been marked as ready for use by nursing staff.

"I am very clear that this is a fundamental of care and it's not acceptable on any level, it does not inspire confidence," she said.

"There are no excuses and there's nowhere to hide."

Ms Brown said the hospital had put together a robust action plan to address the lapses in hygiene uncovered when the Healthcare Commission made two unannounced visits in November.

As well as the dirty bedpans, inspectors also identified poor decontamination procedures for surgical equipment, inadequate staff training on infection control and a failure to follow up on audits.

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