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Hospitals told to clean up their act.


DAISY Hill Hospital was yesterday named the cleanest in Northern Ireland.

The Newry and Mourne Trust, which governs the facility, was the only area to score in the top banding of hospitals in Northern Ireland, scoring 92 per cent in a cleanliness survey.

Altnagelvin in Derry was branded the dirtiest by the independent report commissioned by the Department of Health.

With the exception of Newry and Mourne Trust all other hospitals were told while their premises were not seriously dirty there was room for improvement.

The report singled out Altnagelvin as being "considerably dirty".

It said: "It appears to have significant problems in managing its cleaning services."

Elaine Way, chief executive of Altnagelvin, promised improvements would be made.

She said: "There are issues around where we need the public to work with us as well.

"My commitment to ensuring the score will be improved when we are re-audited is complete."

It shared the bottom band - scores below 70 per cent - with the South and East Belfast Trust.

The trust, while not an acute hospital, provides residential accommodation for the elderly and those suffering mental health problems. It scored just 56 per cent.

A spokesman for South and East Belfast Trust said it was surprised and disappointed with the report's findings.

The KPMG survey was published as Health Minister Paul Goggins launched a new drive to make hospitals cleaner with a Ward Sister's Charter.

It aims to give sisters a key role in ensuring wards are hygienic.

Voice of the Mirror: Page 6


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Date:Oct 11, 2006
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