A leading care home operator in Nottingham has introduced extra hygiene measures within its commercial kitchen to protect residents from the spread of infection.
The Manor Residential Home has increased its hygiene and infection control practices, over and above its already careful routines, to provide an added level of protection in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As well as stepping up its cleaning regime, implementing social distancing where possible and stopping all non-essential visitors, the provider has installed a HyGenikx air and surface steriliser in its kitchen.
HyGenikx is an advanced and compact, wall-mounted air and surface steriliser that quietly goes about its business in foodservice environments – keeping staff, visitors, food and surfaces protected from viruses and bacteria, even in the hardest to reach areas.
The unit utilises a combination of the most effective air and surface sterilisation technologies to kill biological hazards, including salmonella, e.coli, norovirus, and other primary sources of infections.
Although HyGenikx has not been tested against the current coronavirus strain, as there is not sufficient detail freely available, there is a great deal of scientific evidence that the technology can kill a wide range of other microbes that are much more difficult to eradicate, according to its UK supplier Mechline.
At The Manor Residential Home, HyGenikx has been installed in the kitchen as an extra precaution against potential hygiene risks.
Director Hitesh Chavda explained: “The safety and well-being of our residents is our highest priority, and our dedicated team are working hard to help and care for them in the safest way possible. Our cooks have always followed a rigorous cleaning procedure in the kitchen, and now, this is even more meticulous and thorough.
“For us, HyGenikx is an important ally in helping us to improve our kitchen hygiene standards to the highest levels possible. It works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, keeping the air and surfaces in our food prep area protected from viruses and bacteria.”
He added: In these very troubling and challenging times, it has provided us with the reassurance that we are doing everything we possibly can to protect our staff, food prep areas, and residents, from any harmful pathogens that might find their way into the kitchen.”