A lockable cleaning trolley system is proving a hit at a hospital in one major NHS trust.
Supplied by Jigsaw Cleaning Systems, the new system and equipment is designed for use in high risk healthcare environments. It is being used on the Magnolia Ward in Yeovil which is a part of the Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust. The trust offers learning disability, community health, mental health and social care services.
The trolleys have lockable compartments and a capacity for enhanced storage efficiency. They are created in Italy by the company Filmop, out of high-impact strength plastic. The compartments can house various cleaning products and a colour coding system indicates the type of fluid or material in each compartment.
David Dodd, the Facilities Manager at the Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust, stated that the trolleys had been purchased to enable service assistants to ensure that ‘cleaning chemicals … are safely locked away’. This, he explained, would prevent patients from having accidents with the chemicals.
Systems Director Brian Boll of Jigsaw Cleaning Systems said that the locking trolley ‘offers huge benefits in a high-risk environment’, whilst also allowing for an efficient method of cleaning.
Recently released figures from The Department of Health showed NHS spending on commercial cleaning in 2012 rose to £937.9 m, up £40.7m from the previous year.