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Hospital Cleaner Awarded for the Highet of Professionalism

November 26, 2012 8:24 PM

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One of the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s (RAH) most well known members of staff has been honoured with a top award for his part in driving down hospital infections and keeping the hospital clean.

At a special ceremony in Glasgow, Domestic Tommy Highet was presented with a prestigious NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) Chairman’s Award in the Environmental category by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil.

Tommy is a firm favourite with patients, staff and visitors at the RAH because of his friendly and outgoing personality and most importantly because they appreciate his contribution to making the RAH a safer clinical and working environment.

Keeping our hospitals clean and safe against infection is a top priority for NHSGGC and domestic staff such as Tommy are on the frontline in the ongoing drive to reduce healthcare associated infections.

His “beat” is the extensive arterial glass corridor at the hospital and its daily cleaning is Tommy’s responsibility.

Tommy said: “Because of my job I know how important it is to keep the hospital as clean and germ free as possible for patients and staff and this corridor is heavily used because it links so many different departments.”

RAH Infection Control Nurse, Jacqueline Jowett, understands just how crucial Tommy’s role is. She was so impressed by Tommy’s dedication and commitment to maintaining the hospital’s high standards of cleanliness that she nominated him for the award. She said: “Tommy provides evidence that we take cleaning seriously here at the RAH. Tommy is a real ambassador for the hospital and since he is probably the first cleaner seen by visitors when they arrive to visit loved ones, he gives a fantastic first impression.”

NHSGGC Chairman, Andrew Robertson, said: “Our staff have worked tirelessly to drive down hospital infection rates. Their work has paid real dividends for patients and we are proud that infection rates in our hospitals are at their lowest ever level and NHSGGC is now one of the best performing health boards in Scotland. Without the commitment and dedication to exacting high standards by staff such as Tommy these major strides forward could not have been achieved.”

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For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].

Pic: Tommy Highet

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