Sewage leak in maternity at St George's Hospital closes theatre

Wandsworth Guardian: St George's Hospital in Tooting has temporarily closed a maternity theatre St George's Hospital in Tooting has temporarily closed a maternity theatre

A theatre in St George’s maternity unit has been closed for over a week after a sewage leak.

In the early hours of Monday, June 23, stagnant water was reported leaking through the ceiling of an obstetrics theatre.

Wandsworth Guardian: St George's Hospital

The hospital’s estates team discovered it was being caused by a blocked sewage stack.

They quickly unblocked it and stopped the leak last week but the theatre remains closed while essential checks take place.

A spokeswoman for St George’s Hospital said: “The theatre, which was not in use at the time, remained closed so a deep clean of the ventilation ducts and theatre space could be performed.

“Routine elective surgeries, normally provided in the theatre, have been moved to other theatre suites.

"There has not been, nor will there be, any impact on patient safety or emergency obstetric surgery.”

The trust’s specialist ventilation contractors were on site on Sunday checking the theatre which will remain closed until it is deemed fit for use.

The spokeswoman added: "All remedial work has been completed, the theatre space has undergone a deep decontamination clean and microbial sampling took place on Sunday.

"We are currently awaiting air sample and settle plate test results to confirm the theatre can be reopened."

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2:06pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Georgia Lewis says...

Do we know if maintenance and cleaning at St George's has been outsourced to a private company? If so, will they be held to account and any contracts reconsidered?
Do we know if maintenance and cleaning at St George's has been outsourced to a private company? If so, will they be held to account and any contracts reconsidered? Georgia Lewis
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4:06pm Thu 3 Jul 14

alroutemaster says...

Georgia Lewis wrote:
Do we know if maintenance and cleaning at St George's has been outsourced to a private company? If so, will they be held to account and any contracts reconsidered?
Typical socialist worker comment. What's it matter, it shouldn't happen at all, and is actually less likely if it is privatised, as nationalised industries and services are more strike prone.
[quote][p][bold]Georgia Lewis[/bold] wrote: Do we know if maintenance and cleaning at St George's has been outsourced to a private company? If so, will they be held to account and any contracts reconsidered?[/p][/quote]Typical socialist worker comment. What's it matter, it shouldn't happen at all, and is actually less likely if it is privatised, as nationalised industries and services are more strike prone. alroutemaster
  • Score: -2

5:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Georgia Lewis says...

Of course it matters if for-profit companies are running something as important as hospital cleaning, paying the lowest wages they can get away with, not investing properly in training and spending less time (and therefore less money on cleaning products etc) actually getting any cleaning done.

alroutemaster, I suggest you acquaint yourselves with people who used to work as cleaners as part of the NHS, find out how many times a day a ward was cleaned and compare it to today and perhaps do a spot of research into the rise of MRSA in recent times while you're at it. You might then feel a bit less comfortable about hospital cleaning services being farmed out to whoever can offer the "best value".
Of course it matters if for-profit companies are running something as important as hospital cleaning, paying the lowest wages they can get away with, not investing properly in training and spending less time (and therefore less money on cleaning products etc) actually getting any cleaning done. alroutemaster, I suggest you acquaint yourselves with people who used to work as cleaners as part of the NHS, find out how many times a day a ward was cleaned and compare it to today and perhaps do a spot of research into the rise of MRSA in recent times while you're at it. You might then feel a bit less comfortable about hospital cleaning services being farmed out to whoever can offer the "best value". Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Pippa Maslin says...

alroutemaster wrote:
Georgia Lewis wrote:
Do we know if maintenance and cleaning at St George's has been outsourced to a private company? If so, will they be held to account and any contracts reconsidered?
Typical socialist worker comment. What's it matter, it shouldn't happen at all, and is actually less likely if it is privatised, as nationalised industries and services are more strike prone.
"Typical socialist worker comment" - what a crass response to a perfectly reasonable question.

Besides, alroutemaster, where is your evidence that the private sector is better than the public sector? One only needs to listen to a programme like Radio 4's 'You and Yours' to appreciate how the private sector is not 'all that'.
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgia Lewis[/bold] wrote: Do we know if maintenance and cleaning at St George's has been outsourced to a private company? If so, will they be held to account and any contracts reconsidered?[/p][/quote]Typical socialist worker comment. What's it matter, it shouldn't happen at all, and is actually less likely if it is privatised, as nationalised industries and services are more strike prone.[/p][/quote]"Typical socialist worker comment" - what a crass response to a perfectly reasonable question. Besides, alroutemaster, where is your evidence that the private sector is better than the public sector? One only needs to listen to a programme like Radio 4's 'You and Yours' to appreciate how the private sector is not 'all that'. Pippa Maslin
  • Score: 2

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