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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Gets a Clean Bill of Health Following National Cleanliness Inspection

02 September 2009

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust is taking all the necessary measures to prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) according to a report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Following an unannounced inspection of the Trust in July 2009 the independent regulator of health and social care in England says that the region’s ambulance service is consistently applying good practices supporting infection control in vehicles and on equipment.

In addition, the CQC has also confirmed that the ‘conditions’
set against the Trust’s registration with them, with respect to managing HCAI in line with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, have been lifted and YAS now meets all of the registration requirements.

Dr Alison Walker, Medical Director and lead for infection, prevention and control at YAS, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the inspection and that our registration with the CQC is complete. It really is a reflection of the significant efforts of all our staff over the last year.

“The safety of our patients is an absolute priority for us and we take infection prevention and control seriously. Patients can now have the highest level of confidence in the cleanliness of our ambulances.

“Our fleet of A&E and non-emergency Patient Transport Service ambulances are cleaned to the highest standards across the region - as well as weekly cleans, every vehicle has a 52-point deep clean every 28 days, in line with national recommendations.  

“We will continue to make the fight against HCAI a key priority and we will be making additional investment in our services to see standards raised even higher in the future.”

To see a full copy of the Trust’s inspection report, visit the CQC website.

Notes to Editors:
1. YAS was formed on 1 July 2006 when parts of Tees, East and North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Metropolitan and South Yorkshire Ambulance Services merged.

2. YAS operates 61 ambulance stations throughout the county, with its main headquarters in Wakefield. It holds a budget of £199 million and serves a population of 5.4 million across and an area of 6,000 square miles.
3. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the new independent regulator of health and social care in England.

4. From 1 April 2009, all NHS trusts were required to be registered with the CQC with respect to managing HCAI in line with the Health and Social Care Act 2008.  Those who did not meet the requirements were given registration with the CQC ‘with conditions’, requiring them to complete actions for improvements to counteract this within an agreed timescale.

For further information please contact YAS’s press office on 0845 120 0048 or email pressoffice@yas.nhs.uk

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