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of the dispenser is available for smaller cubicles, and the full-sized version can be supplied with an arm lever to reassure patients about hygiene standards. Tork Extra Mild Foam Soap is a good choice for this kind of location, as the soap comes in a sealed cartridge to prevent any risk of contamination before use, and there is a choice of either an easy- to-use dispenser even for people with low hand strength such as frail and elderly patients, or a touch- free Intuition™ sensor dispenser to maximise hygiene.


to protect their patients, so here again there is a need for clean and functional facilities that will reassure the public about hygiene standards at that institution. So it makes sense for a healthcare facility to keep its washrooms clean, hygienic and well equipped. Long-lasting soap systems, single-use disposable towels and smart, hygienic dispensers will all help to create a good impression in a healthcare washroom. The dispensers should also be easy to clean and ideally offer a portion-control function, since this will naturally control consumption and prevent the supply of consumables running out between cleaners’ visits.


For a GP surgery washroom, Tork offers a range of non-drip liquid soaps available in smart Tork Elevation dispensers. A mini version


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Soft and absorbent, Tork Xpress® Extra Soft Multifold Hand Towels in the smart Tork Elevation dispenser offer hygiene benefits and will also help to make a favourable impression, inspiring patient confidence in a GP washroom. The easy-to-clean dispenser, which is available in a mini version for more compact toilet cubicles, gives out towels one at a time so that each towel is only touched by the user, naturally reducing consumption so that the towels are unlikely to run out during surgery hours. Suitable for the washrooms of both GP surgeries and hospital wards, the Tork SmartOne® toilet tissue system again controls consumption and offers single-sheet dispensing which helps to limit the risk of cross-contamination.


Long-lasting systems that help to increase hygiene standards while controlling costs are ideal in hospital wards where budgets are tight. The Tork Matic® Hand Towel Roll, for example, holds sufficient paper for more than 400 washroom visitors, which reduces the risk of hand towels running out between service checks and is available with a touch-free Intuition™ sensor to maximise hygiene. Tork Xpress® Soft Multifold Hand Towels – a popular hand towel choice within the NHS – will undoubtedly impress hospital patients since they are soft, absorbent and around 25% larger than many single-fold towels


on the market. This means that the hands can quickly be dried both comfortably and thoroughly.


Tork Extra Mild Foam Soap is again a good choice here since the long- lasting dispenser contains 2,500 shots of foam soap, meaning the supply is unlikely to run out between maintenance checks. A sensor- operated version is available, and this will help to inspire confidence in washroom users about hygiene standards. Patients will be further reassured if a toilet seat cleaner is supplied to allow them to take hygiene into their own hands; the Tork Toilet Seat Cleaner can be used in conjunction with toilet tissue to clean the seat before use.


Messy, grubby or unattractive washrooms at a healthcare facility will not only annoy and upset the patients, but they may even have a negative impact on the patient’s health. When our survey respondents were asked about the factors that might prevent them from returning to a doctor's office, the top response was poor medical treatment (91%) followed by an unpleasant doctor (75%), but the third answer was “a dirty washroom”, which was quoted by 54% of respondents as a reason to stay away.


If potential patients are putting off a trip to their doctor’s or the hospital, they could be delaying a diagnosis or vital treatment. So maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in the healthcare washroom is crucial, since this will reassure the patients that they are receiving the best possible care in hygienic surroundings.


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