I'm really pleased to see that a Head Nurse has been appointed. I'm especially pleased to see that Chris Beasley will prioritise improving hospital cleanliness and tackling hospital acquired infections such as MRSA, estimated to cause at least 5,000 deaths a year.
To coincide with her appointment, John Reid also published a Matron's Charter, a "no nonsense" guide that outlines the role that all hospital staff should play in improving hospital hygiene.
A key point on the Charter is
- Do you have a rapid reliable way of responding to patient comments?
I think that the most important role of Modern Matrons is to be available to take on concerns raised by the public - usually people visiting sick relatives - about any aspect of hospital life. I think this will lead to a better and more pleasant stay in hospital. Of course fighting the superbug with first class hygiene is also very important and is reflected in the top priority of the Chief Nurse.