CQC and WRAS compliance is essential for any care home.
For any care home, there are key considerations when it comes to their in-house laundry operation. Firstly, the process must be entirely compliant with CQC and the Department of Health, secondly it must adhere to the industry’s stringent WRAS requirements. In order to maintain the requisite hygiene control levels, it is imperative to source appropriate commercial laundry equipment. It is also essential to ensure best practice through the sorting, segregation, transportation, processing and storage of all laundry items.
Laundry processes must adhere to strict hygiene guidelines.
The Department of Health’s Technical Memorandum (HTM) 01-04 requires that, for appropriate decontamination of linen, care homes must employ both thermal and chemical disinfection. Care homes also need to ensure that staff are trained in using the laundry equipment. Should the CQC find that a care home falls short of these requirements, the home may be placed into special measures, shut down or prosecuted.
WRAS deems all care homes to pose the highest contamination risk.
WRAS deems all care homes to be high risk Category 5 for the water contamination risk and washing machines therefore need to include a backflow prevention system. It is therefore important to use commercial laundry equipment. For some care homes a specialist hygiene dishwasher is required in order to ensure that the highest levels of hygiene are maintained and the Department of Health’s recommends a two-minute cycle at 82C.
Forbes Professional provides care homes with fully compliant solutions.
Forbes Professional is currently celebrating 96 years of service and our experienced account managers provide all the necessary advice to ensure adherence to the relevant operating parameters. A well-established family business with a nationwide infrastructure, Forbes provides care homes across the UK with highly efficient WRAS and CQC compliant laundry solutions. Proud partners of market leaders Miele, we offer the highest quality of both product and service. Forbes has a team of qualified in-house and gas-registered engineers, and all work is fully CHAS approved. We carefully specify the right equipment for each requirement and support clients with comprehensive user training and an inclusive same/ next day service response.