Is Your Laundry Getting Physically and Hygienically Clean to CQC Standards? And How We Can Help You….

When we talk to our care home customers about the biggest challenges that they face in their laundry, we repeatedly hear that they struggle to effectively remove stains and eliminate unpleasant odours from residents’ clothing and linen.

This can raise many issues including:

  • Non compliance with CQC – CQC Guidance Regulation 15 states that all equipment needs to be visibly clean and free from odours that are offensive and unpleasant, using appropriate cleaning agents
  • Inadequate infection prevention – In the Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice Prevention and Control of Infection in Care Homes guidance on linen and laundry social care professionals need to procure and deliver a level of linen decontamination that service-users have a right to expect. Linen provided and used by care providers:

  • Should look clean

  • Should not be damaged or discoloured
  • Complaints from relatives – no one wants to see their loved ones clothing stained and not smelling pleasant
  • Frustrated and demotivated stafffeeling they’re not doing a good job because they can’t get linen clean
  • Unnecessary Increased costs – rewashing laundry equals extra costs and the need to reinvest in additional linen

Delicate fabrics and high energy bills mean that many care homes wash laundry at lower temperatures, while this can help reduce the cost of energy, not all temperatures kill germs and typically generic destaining products are not effective at removing stains at temperatures less than 50 degrees centigrade, so there is the risk of bacteria and other germs surviving or being passed from one item of clothing to another and also that linen won’t be physically clean.

Did you know that here at Hcsuk, we offer a FREE and unique Laundry Audit to evaluate exactly how efficiently your care home laundry is operating including an accurate calculation of exactly how much each wash cycle is costing you.

Our resident laundry expert, Ken, who has over 20 years experience working in care home laundries will spend time with your laundry staff to understand the challenges they face and provide advice and solutions to help you to improve your systems.

You will then receive a written proposal detailing our findings, recommendations and equivalent cost per wash comparison for your consideration.

Laundry Audit Case Study

When we completed our FREE LAUNDRY AUDIT at a local 88 bed care home, we learnt from their laundry manager that she was having to dispose of 6 bed sheets every week due to being unable to effectively remove staining – that equated to wastage of over 300 sheets every year and their bedding costs in excess of £3,000.

The laundry chemicals they were using were low in cost, heavily diluted and they were using higher than necessary volumes of product to compensate for poor cleaning performance.

As an experiment, we asked for one of the sheets she had written off and ran it through her machine, working at a similar temp and wash cycle that she would normally use, utilising our Crystalbrite Low Temperature Antibacterial Destainer, an effective oxygen-based low temperature liquid destainer, which removes stains even at temperatures as low as 20ºC, and Kills 99.999% germs in 5 minutes at 20oC.

The results were amazing! After the sheet going through 2 wash cycles, the stains were completely removed and the sheet, looking like new, was able to go back into service.

This enabled the home to save valuable resources on the replacement of sheets, improve the physical and hygienic cleaning results of their laundry, and improve infection prevention, a real WIN WIN!

Fast forward 3 years and the laundry manager tells us she would not be without her Low Temp Destain, she describes it as the ‘best laundry product she has ever had!’

This care home has since been rated ‘Outstanding’ with CQC.

When was the last time you evaluated the overall efficiency of your laundry?

How could you benefit from some free advice from a care sector laundry specialist with over 20 years experience?

Our *FREE LAUNDRY AUDIT has been successful in many care homes and has helped them to:

  • SAVE money
  • IMPROVE cleaning results
  • INCREASE staff motivation
  • REDUCE complaints
  • INCREASE compliance

Why not book your FREE, no obligation, LAUNDRY AUDIT today by emailing lucylynch@hcsuk.co.uk or calling her on her mobile 07968 994660.

*Terms and conditions apply


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Customer Testimonials

“We’ve built a strong working relationship with Hcsuk over many years, having used them to source, install and service our medical training equipment. We have always found the team very professional, helpful, and well-organised. We’d like to give a particular shout out to Phil, the technician / engineer who has been the consistent friendly face visiting our business to inspect and test our mobility hoists every 6 months. Thank you for all your support and advice.”

P. B. (Care Manager), Blue Bird Care Ltd

You are part of a great company, if we can help you grow by contracting you out to our sites its good for you, but it’s great for us because your service is fantastic, very efficient, everyone within Hcsuk is super helpful in answering queries and every time we’ve had an issue, Hcsuk has always been there to solve the problem almost immediately, which is fantastic.

Leicestershire County Council

Truly exceptional levels of customer service, the best I have experienced for many years. Very helpful staff made follow up calls to ask how the equipment was performing and supplied extra user instructions to supplement the manufacturers manual. I would not hesitate to order from this company again.

Savills Estate Agents

We would just like to pass on our thanks for all of your help with our orders and would be pleased if you would also pass on our thanks to the manufacturers for being so accommodating in meeting our requirements. We have found everyone very helpful.

Lincs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Since I set up the account for Hcsuk over 18 months ago I have found them to be an excellent advocate of our products. They have been willing to learn about the technical and servicing elements to our hoists and the sales staff have really taken on board and proactively promoted our range where possible. I feel that as a company Hcsuk have got the desire and right people in place for growing in this competitive industry. They seem to push themselves to go that little bit further and offer that little bit more to stand out from the rest. May our relationship continue going from strength to strength.

Joerns Healthcare

As a care home manager I have used Hcsuk for my supplies for the last 20 years in two homes. I have always found them to be helpful and reliable. Their products are of the highest standards, they are able to source anything. The delivery service is prompt and regular so I do not have to keep large amounts of stock. They supply extra services such as servicing and repairs which are done efficiently, and training in COSHH. The reps are pleasant and helpful bringing new products to my attention but are never ”pushy”. Aftercare is good, any problems soon sorted. I would recommend them highly and would not think of using anyone else.

Littleover Nursing Home

HPC have supplied Hcsuk (Health Care Services Ltd) for well over a decade now and we would consider them to be a high quality and professional business run in an organised and progressive manor. We do not rank our customers or have a preferred customer status but if we were to introduce such a scheme I can confirm that Hcsuk would easily make such a grade.

HPC Healthline

As a manufacturer we look for key values in a distributor some of these include honesty, reliability, commitment and reputation. Hcsuk carry all of these and many more. With a twenty plus year working relationship we now place Jo and the team at the top of our distributor list. I have no hesitation in recommending Hcsuk to any prospective manufacturer or customer and wish Jo and the team all the best for the future.

Cleenol Group Ltd

It is brilliant that we are able to ring Health Care Services and that you will go the extra mile to get us the stock we need as soon as possible.

Rykneld View Nursing Home

Just to say a huge thankyou to you and your fantastic team, and I mean that from the Heart. I have never before experienced such a person centred company.

Hampton Grange Nursing Home

What I like about working with Health Care Services is the relationship we have built up and the personal service. The homes report that you always deliver on time, the quality is consistantly good and the prices competitive. Your team members are always willing to go that extra mile for us and if ever we have an issue there is always someone there to save the day.

Eastgate Care

VAT Relief Information

Conditions for VAT relief for disabled people

Some of the products which can be purchased from the Hcsuk website are available for an eligible person to purchase without paying VAT on them. HM Revenue and Customs sets out the conditions when equipment for disabled people might be free of VAT and how to claim exemption from paying VAT on these products.

Products a can only be exempt from VAT when all the following conditions are met:

  1. The customer is eligible to purchase supplies at the zero rate
  2. The goods are for the personal or domestic use of the customer
  3. The goods and services are eligible to be supplied at the zero rate

A more detailed explanation of each of these conditions is given below, but you should visit the HM Revenue and Customs Website to fully understand the conditions

The product must be being purchased for someone who is chronically ill or disabled.

A person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’ if he/she is a person:

It does not include a frail elderly person who is otherwise able-bodied or any person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, such as with a broken limb.

‘personal or domestic’ use means that the supply must be made available specifically for the use of an eligible individual.

You don’t have to physically buy the goods in person. If your parent, guardian or wife or husband buys the goods and services for you, then you won’t be charged VAT.

What counts as personal or domestic use?

Personal or domestic use means that the goods or services are supplied for your own private use, rather than for business purposes. Also, the goods or services must be just for your own use – not for use by anyone else, or chronically sick or disabled people in general. However, if you and your partner are both chronically sick or disabled and you buy goods or services for both of you to use, then you won’t have to pay VAT.

Products which are offered for sale on this website which qualify for VAT relief to be claimed for an eligible person.

The products which can be bought without paying VAT are:

Only the products on our site carrying the VAT exemption price (the smaller price marked ex VAT) are eligible to be purchased this way and you must tick the box on the basket page indicating that you wish to claim VAT exemption on the items in your basket that are eligible for VAT relief.

How to claim

On the my basket page of this website a link to the online declaration form is provided if the basket contains a product that qualifies for VAT relief. You must tick the box to state you wish to claim VAT relief on the eligible product and complete in full the reason by which you are ‘chronically sick or disabled’ and name and address of the claimant. If possible the person making the claim should complete this form, but a family member, carer or medical professional may complete the form on the claimants behalf. To submit the claim and receive the VAT relief, click the ‘Submit VAT Relief Claim’ button before proceeding to the checkout.

Please note that all orders submitted with a VAT relief claim form completed are checked before the order is processed.

It is necessary to complete a separate claim form each time a qualifying product is purchased from Hcsuk.

 

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