A CARE group has been given a clean bill of health across its homes.

The five premises run by Czajka – including Currergate at Steeton and Beanlands, Cross Hills – have achieved an average overall infection control rating of more than 99 per cent.

It follows a rigorous annual inspection by health chiefs and the local authority, which graded the homes 'excellent'.

Assessors examined a wide cross-section of areas – from general management and staff health and training, to the group's guidelines and policies.

All communal and private rooms, bathrooms and visitor toilets were scrutinised.

And also under the microscope were the handling of laundry and linen, food hygiene, waste management and disposal of sharp objects.

Currergate manager, Cath Davis, said she was delighted with the results.

"The team works so hard to ensure we meet the highest standards of hygiene every single day," she added.

"The inspection looks at the whole home – except the kitchen – and checks everything from mattresses to bins, the clinical rooms and all medical equipment.

"It’s such a thorough inspection and we are so pleased with the outcome.

"We place a huge emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene in our homes and welcome such a rigorous testing process, as it reinforces the high standards of care that our residents enjoy.

"The reports identified that infection prevention and control management were an integral part of the overall running of all the homes, and that it is always a major priority."

Sharing her delight is Konrad Czajka, the care group's managing director.

He said: "We take infection control extremely seriously, and prevention is the very best course of action.

"That's why the whole team puts such a focus on maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness.

"We pride ourselves on running safe, clean homes.

"We also have the Investors in People accreditation – which recognises the enhanced standards of service our residents receive – the five-star food hygiene rating scheme certificate, which all our homes and The Clubhouse at Fairmount Park have achieved, and the prestigious Gold Standard Framework Accreditation Quality Hallmark Award which is further testament to our high standards."