"cross contamination"

About: Royal United Hospital

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Waiting in A&E for my husband to be seen, i couldn't help noticing that the curtains around each cubical were very grubby and only just about hanging up. The amount of germs which must be on them makes one cringe especially as now most hospitals have nice plastic or disposable ones which are much more hygienic.Also i noticed equipment being used between patients was not wiped or covered up after use, cross infection control doesn't seem to exist here

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Response from Royal United Hospital

Dear madam, thank you for your comment. The curtains around each cubicle are inspected and washed very regularly and we are sorry you found some to not be of the high standard you can expect. We have investigated the possibility of using disposable ones but they cost is prohibitively high.

With regard to equipment being used between patients, staff in the ED are not aware of any practice of this kind and we cannot identify what you may be referring to.

Our standards of infection prevention and control are very high, as demonstrated by our publicly available figures on the low levels of MRSA and Clostridium difficile infections within the Trust.

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