Birmingham Children's Hospital foundation trust has defended using government funding to repaint hospital wards and a conservatory used by patients and visitors ahead of a royal visit.

A spokeswoman for the trust said it repainted part of the hospital earlier than planned in time for the prince's visit but insisted it was a valid part of the deep cleaning programme.

The Department of Health allocated funding to each hospital trust in England this year totalling£50m as part of "deep cleaning" programme in an attempt to eradicate healthcare-acquired infections.

However, Birmingham Children's Hospital used part of this funding to repaint before the prince's visit to open a new burns unit last week.

"Because some wall surfaces cannot be deep cleaned owing to their porous nature, they must be repainted. This is what was done, in keeping with the usual programme. We changed the order around a little to accommodate the visit but the fact is those wall surfaces would have been repainted anyway. There is absolutely no extra cost incurred," the spokeswoman said.

The hospital also "borrowed" flowers and plants from a local garden supplier. These were planted on the hospital site for the visit and dug up the next day.