Daniel Pitcher, managing director at the Water Hygiene Centre, describes how the Wye Valley NHS Trust and its PFI partner, Sodexo, worked together to significantly improve the safe and efficient management of the water system at Hereford County Hospital, enhancing existing monitoring and review systems, and making key data available to those who require it – such as Water Safety Group members – in a more accessible format.
The starting point saw new Terms of Reference and a new agenda developed for the WSG, while later both organisations’ Water Safety Plans were reviewed and updated to afford consistency.
The delivery of a robust and functioning Water Safety Plan for any NHS Trust/ Board remains a key issue in the 21st century. The extent of resources being invested into water safety for an organisation will often depend on the size and age of the estate, and the physical condition of its water systems. Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT) has, for several years, been actively managing water safety across what is a varied estate – which includes a PFI hospital, a combination of retained estate buildings on the same site, and many community sites (including three community hospitals, surgeries, and clinics). Co-ordinating the various involved parties and their approach and efforts to bring about consistent and proactive water management required a clear vision and direction for all to agree and then take forward.
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