Linen services update from Society of Hospital Linen Services and Laundry Managers

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90% of healthcare work is processed by 2 companies, and they both have the capacity. What they do not have is surplus stock for customers to increase their demand above normal expected parameters.

Trusts  who normally use 1,000 scrubs /week now request 3,000 (as more staff want to wear them) and many take them home to wash, thereby depriving genuine users of their availability. With regards to reusable gowns, it’s because they cannot source disposable ones.

Laundering should not be a problem, providing the gowns are sent for processing using the system identified for return to sender items
(unfortunately this is not compatible with items identified as “potentially infectious” and is in red bags.

If your laundry provider struggling to provide a service?

The TSA (Textile Services Association) has advised the Society that their members would be available to provide a service to NHS trusts should their present laundry service be compromised as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. However we would advise anyone to undertake a risk assessment/audit of their facilities and policies to ensure they meet the requirements as specified by the Department of Health and Social Care as to their ability to provide a safe service.


For further information

To contact the Society for information on any topics please email:

Tel: 01253 869968 / 07789340010

The Society of Hospital Linen Services and Laundry Managers,
c/o The Willows,
109 Victoria Road East,
Thornton Cleveleys,
Lancashire FY5 5HQ