A North East-based council has joined forces with the NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service to ensure the smooth-running of its essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Launched in the summer of 2020, the NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service works with organisations across the UK to support and advise on their deep cleaning procedures and help prevent the spread of infection.
To help keep its fleet of vehicles and drivers safely on the road, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has teamed up with the NHS service to regularly deep clean and bio decontaminate its 50 minibuses and 35 refuse vehicles in line with the NHS standard of cleanliness, following a thorough site visit and risk assessment.
Using a hospital made, pH neutral disinfectant with only a ten-minute dwell time, the entire 85 vehicle-strong fleet is deep cleaned and bio decontaminated in one day, enabling the vehicles to quickly get back on the road with no impact to the operation of community services.
While the council’s partnership with the NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service provides reassurance to drivers and passengers that its vehicles have been deep cleaned in line with NHS standards, the council is also supporting its local NHS Trust. This is because maintaining a higher standard of cleanliness helps reduce the spread of infection within the wider community, while profits generated by the service are reinvested back into the council’s local hospitals, run by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, to enhance frontline patient care.
Dale Rowbotham, Service Manager at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “While the majority of the country is in lockdown, the council is working hard to continue to provide its essential services to the Stockton-on-Tees community.
“We are working with the NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service to help keep our staff safe when using our fleet of vehicles during the ongoing pandemic. By receiving regular deep cleans and bio decontamination performed in line with the NHS standard, our keyworker staff are reassured that we have taken every possible precaution for them to come to work in a safe environment.
“What’s more, the ten-minute dwell time of the disinfectant used during the decontamination process means we can safely get our vehicles back on the road in less than no time.”
Graeme Kelly, Assistant Director for Decontamination at the NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service, said: “As organisations across the country put measures in place to adapt to the government guidance surrounding Covid-19, the NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Service will continue to support local authorities, transport providers and other organisations to maintain high levels of cleanliness and put measures in place to protect staff, customers and the wider community.”
For more information, visit www.deepcleaning.nhs.uk.