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Yellow reusable isolation gowns get the green light!
Elis is working alongside NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) to pilot a new supply of Reusable Isolation Gowns designed to deliver a more sustainable approach to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project involves a phased national roll-out of protective Reusable Isolation Gowns to NHS Trusts across England. These gowns are processed at our Elis dedicated facilities, which have been specifically developed to meet stringent industry standards for quality, performance and hygiene. Providing a more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient alternative to single-use products, the gowns can be worn and laundered up to 75 times each without compromising protection levels.
A member has been informed that UKAS has told all its auditing bodies that they will no longer be allowed to reference EN14065 as part of their ISO 9001 certification.
Further information is available upon request.
Covid permitting, the Society forum will take place at the Village Hotel, Dudley on Thursday 13th May 2021. Anyone who had booked and paid for the Forum in 2020 will have their booking carried forward. Limited accommodation is available for Wednesday 12th May. Details upon request.
Hospital privacy curtains are a breeding ground for MRSA and other dangerous bugs because they are ‘always touched but rarely changed. Curtains Diseases a Canadian study
A hospital in North Yorkshire as a quantity of blankets that they no longer require. Anyone interested should contact Blankets@linenmanager.co.uk for further information.
Unfortunately I have been informed that Arthur Clark sadly passed away on Tuesday 5 May I believe following a battle with cancer. Until his retirement Arthur was the Linen services manager at Bradford Royal hospital and a member of the Yorkshire region of the Society. Arthur was always a strong supporter of the society and will be missed by all those who knew him. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family at their sad loss.
Health board chief executives are poised to receive a business case for the overhaul, which could reduce the number of laundry facilities from eight to four. NHS bosses are considering centralising a service which employs more than 500 staff across Scotland.
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The TSA (Textile Services Association) has advised the Society that their members would be available to provide a service to NHS trusts should their present laundry service be compromised as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. However we would advise anyone to undertake a risk assessment/audit of their facilities and policies to ensure they meet the requirements as specified by the Department of Health as to their ability to provide a safe service. For further information
On guidance received from the government we have reluctantly decided to postpone the event until later in the year. This decision has not been taken lightly, however we must consider the safety of all those who would be attending. For those who have already booked further details will be sent asap
We have pleasure including the programme and registration form’s for this year’s conference, and golf competition. As always, your support is paramount to the ongoing success of the Society, so we hope to see you in May.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Tel: 01422 372333
Conference Programme 2020 (003)
SHLSM Golf 2020
Congratulations to the HCSA on 2020 being their 60th year since forming in 1960
The society met at the Calderdale Industrial Museum in Halifax. For the full report Day At The Museum