A hospital boss spent the morning getting his hands dirty helping the cleaning team as part of a job swap project.
Bedford Hospital chief executive Stephen Conroy cleaned toilets and mopped the floors within the accident and emergency department and other wards.
He said: “I was put to work cleaning toilets, cubicles, beds and bays and under close supervision and, apparently, I did well but need to speed up my technique.
“It is no mean feat keeping every area of our hospital clean and providing a safe environment for our patients, visitors and staff.
“The domestic team have many skills and I was particularly impressed by their flexibility and speed in working effectively in busy patient areas and how essential a part of the ward/area team they are.”
The In Your Shoes programme currently running at the hospital until November will see each executive director spend half a day per month working in a different hospital department.
As part of the scheme chief operating officer Eileen Doyle got a taste of life in the kitchens.
She helped to cook a Bombay potato dish and backed butterfly cakes for patients on the Riverbank ward.
The kitchens prepare around 1,500 meals per day for patients, staff and visitors.
Eileen said: ““Everyone was incredibly busy and I found it really interesting to be part of what is a seamless operation in our kitchens.
“I would like to thank our catering manager Peter Gillard and his team, especially Lisa and Ian, for being so tolerant.”