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With over 30 years of experience working alongside the NHS, we've developed a deep understanding of the challenges facing hospitals. Our reliable and high quality textiles service is designed to help you to run a smooth service and to make your patients as comfortable as possible during their stay. To ensure this, we employ full time Quality Managers to oversee rigorous controls and audits – ensuring we achieve full compliance with quality standards and best practice guidelines at all times, including BS EN 14065.
"The introduction of the customer portal has allowed us, the user, to better achieve greater utilisation of linen at hospital level"Support Services Manager, BMI Healthcare
We're proud of our record as a leading supplier to the NHS. But don't just take our word for it – here's what some of our customers have to say about Berendsen's services.12 Feb 2016
Senior Services Manager, Sodexo, University Hospital of South Manchester
Accommodation & Patient Services Manager, South Tyneside Foundation NHS Trust
Divisional Manager Facilities at University Hospitals, Morecambe Bay NHS Trust
Medirest and Berendsen
We have already added another hospital to the portfolio and we can now confidently say that Berendsen is our healthcare linen and laundry partner.12 Feb 2016
North Bristol NHS Trust
Berendsen provided us with fantastic support and commitment when mobilising the outsourced contract. They were proactive in developing the collaborative partnership which the Trust sought, with Berendsen's senior management taking ownership of the process and working hands-on throughout. This in turn enabled us to achieve a very smooth transition of supply. We have also benefited from new customer service innovations generated from regular meetings and conference calls as the contract has developed.12 Feb 2016
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
The Berendsen team successfully managed a complex transition from in-house to an outsourced laundry service. Their experience, coupled with a detailed project plan agreed with our team, reassured us that the change would be smooth. In particular their close communication with Trust staff on every ward made sure that there was no confusion as the new service started. We are delighted with the way the switch has been achieved and feedback from our staff has been very positive12 Feb 2016
In 2014 the Trust identified that the laundry required very significant investment in order to upgrade it to a level where it could provide reliable service in the future. The Trust reviewed the options available and a decision was taken to close the on-site laundry and to outsource the work to Berendsen, following a thorough tender process to identify the optimum service.
Planning the Transition
The Trust's primary concern was to ensure that the transition would be smooth and seamless for patients and staff within the hospital.
Three months before the start date, Berendsen assigned a project team to the Trust comprising operations and customer service people from the Berendsen site which would provide the service. In conjunction with a similar team from the Trust, this group set out a detailed project plan encompassing areas including:
- Infection control policies incl. colour coding of linen bags
- Definition and agreement of service level KPI's
- New product specifications and lead times
- Logistics and delivery times
The team engaged with all the areas of the Trust to plan the change. Notably, a roadshow visited every single ward to assess its requirements and to familiarise the nursing and medical teams with new products and processes. Roadshows were repeated at different times, to ensure that all the Trust's shift patterns were covered and all staff had the opportunity to ask questions.
Making the Change
On the day of the change, new linen stock was delivered to every ward and delivery point. A Berendsen team assisted the Trust's own porters in distributing the linen.
The Trust's existing linen was packed and is held securely on the hospital sites as a contingency stock in the event of emergency, equating to over three days' linen.
Berendsen's service team was on site every day for two weeks to answer questions and provide assistance whenever required. The team used this time to revisit every ward to ensure that everything was running as planned.
The Trust was also able to call on Berendsen's expertise and engineering team to help safely decommission the existing laundry.
The management team at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust regard the changeover process as a complete success.
Lesley Hill, the Trust's Executive Director of Planning, Performance, Estates and Facilities, said "The Berendsen team successfully managed a complex transition from in-house to an outsourced laundry service. Their experience, coupled with a detailed project plan agreed with our team, reassured us that the change would be smooth. In particular their close communication with Trust staff on every ward made sure that there was no confusion as the new service started. We are delighted with the way the switch has been achieved and feedback from our staff has been very positive."
Chesterfield Royal Hospital
"The service that we receive from Berendsen is very professional and the microfibre mop solution is proving to be highly effective for the hospital, where standards of cleanliness are of the upmost importance. It's also having a positive effect on our budgets - by renting the mops and associated hardware from Berendsen instead of purchasing our own disposable mops, the hospital is making annual savings of £65,000 ." Justin Wyatt RN, Facilities Clinical Assurance Matron, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust12 Feb 2016
With a critical need to uphold high standards of hygiene on ward floors, Chesterfield Royal Hospital chose a complete, cost-effective microfibre mop solution, including rental and laundering, from textile services provider Berendsen.
Based in the county of Derbyshire and serving a population of well over 400,000, Chesterfield Royal Hospital provides a full range of acute medical services. This includes, among a broad range of speciality services, 24-hour accident & emergency care and specialist children's services. Upholding consistently high standards of room hygiene across the 19 wards in the hospital is vital for infection control and maintaining clean floors is critical to achieving this.
The hospital had previously purchased and used disposable mops but believed that microfibre mops could deliver a more effective, lower cost cleaning performance. Having gained traction across the healthcare sector, microfibre products have been endorsed by the Government, which has publicly recognised the fabric's capacity to remove bacteria from a variety of hospital surfaces more efficiently than traditional cloths. Microfibre mops are also more economical, with studies suggesting that conventional mops cost up to three times as much as microfibre options, over the product's lifetime.
Although microfibre fabric has a high pedigree, it is completely ineffective as a flooring cleaning product for hospitals without a supply of associated hardware, including handles and ergonomically designed trolleys. All of which, if purchased can drive up costs.
The hospital recognised the benefits of entering into a rental agreement with a healthcare proficient textile and laundry services provider – a remit that Berendsen was able to satisfy thanks to its advanced healthcare laundering facilities and considerable knowledge of and experience within the sector. As a long established, large scale supplier, Berendsen was also able to provide peace of mind for service delivery and contingency as it has the back-up support of additional laundry facilities nationwide. In addition, Berendsen exceeded the hospital's expectations for high levels of infection control. As well as ensuring immediate compliance with CFPP 01:04 ‘Best Practice', all of Berendsen's healthcare facilities are certified to BS EN 14065 laundry processed textiles bio-contamination control system.
Once appointed, Berendsen surveyed every ward in the hospital to identify the exact volumes required, working closely with the hospital's domestic, contract management and infection control teams to ensure all needs were met.
In addition to fulfilling the requirement of providing microfibre mop heads, Berendsen was able to supply the associated hardware, including handles and trolleys, to the hospital's specified requirements, in one inclusive rental agreement. For the hospital, this provided benefits in the form of both reduced hassle and costs – an annual saving of £65,000 has been achieved by the hospital switching from purchasing disposable mops to using rented microfibre mops and hardware from Berendsen.
As well as providing the products, Berendsen's services included design and implementation of a detailed collection and delivery process to ensure high levels of infection control and best practice within the hospital. This involved at its most basic level, the washing of the microfibre mop heads in colour-specified net bags, which are sealed at the hospital and unopened until they are returned clean and decontaminated. It also included specific actions throughout the entire process, including transportation, stock reconciliation and laundering. Hospital staff were provided with comprehensive training in the new system as well as guidance documentation and the additional benefit of Berendsen's online support tool, Berendsen Connect.
- Time saved in using microfibre mops to clean floors can be redirected towards more frequent cleaning of high risk touch points such as door handles and counter tops.
- £65,000 annual savings achieved by the hospital, by switching from purchased disposable mops to rented microfibre mops and hardware from Berendsen.
- Microfibre mops when used with regular tap water can remove up to 99% of bacteria from mooth surfaces in contrast to just 30% when traditional wet mops are used.
- Microfibre is incredibly absorbent and fast drying.
- Microfibre textiles are environmentally friendly cleaning products, requiring no soap or chemicals of any kind.
- Partnering with Berendsen ensures compliance with CFPP 01:04 ‘Best Practice' and certification to BS EN 14065.
- Assurance of contingency thanks to Berendsen's network of servicing sites.
"Our mission is to provide leading services to our customers to help them to focus on what they do best, without unnecessary costs or stress. Whether it's facilitating the use of the latest, innovative textile products, such as the microfibre mops used at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, or ensuring robust procedures and training for best practice infection control, we're proud to be at the forefront of providing highly effective and efficient laundry services to the healthcare sector."
Paul Swift, Business Development Manager, Berendsen