Hospital praises community workers’ success in improving staff accommodation

Hospital workers using staff accommodation at Basildon University Hospital are benefiting from the community spirit of local ‘Community Payback’ workers who have been improving vacant staff accommodation.

Community Payback workers have not been working in the hospital itself, but in staff accommodation areas – cleaning up and decorating vacant properties or communal areas such as stairwells. Each Sunday they are fully supervised, whilst giving something back to the community and they have also gone as far as cleaning up a skip area on nearby Fobbing Farm Close to keep the area clear of rubbish and fly tipping debris.

After hearing very good reviews about the work that the Community Payback members had achieved in other areas of Basildon, the facilities team at the hospital discussed the possibility of them working on the Trust’s residential staff accommodation areas. Although they are not working in patient areas, they are still able to contribute to the hospital community by providing a much appreciated facelift to the staff accommodation.

Jenny Galpin, director of estates said: “I would like to thank the workers for the marvellous work they have done on our staff accommodation – including redecorating an empty flat. They are currently working on the communal staff accommodation stairwells and the improvement is visible already. Their work has improved the general cleanliness of the residential grounds for our workers.

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