Infection Prevention & Control

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We take infection, prevention and control very seriously. It is a fundamental part of the everyday care of patients, and every member of staff within the hospital is committed to upholding a high standard of infection control

Our Infection Prevention and Control Team’s role is to provide specialist advice, support and education to all staff members and hospital users.

What we aim to achieve

The aim of the Infection Prevention and Control Service is to promote as safe an environment as possible for staff, patients and visitors, in order that the risk of healthcare associated infections are kept to a minimum. 

The service we provide

  • Support and advice to all disciplines of staff across the Trust on Infection Prevention and Control management
  • Education and training to all disciplines of staff across the Trust
  • Advice and information to patients and relatives as required
  • Liaising with Saving Lives personnel on documentation and outcomes
  • Ensuring Policies and Procedures are updated, utilising evidence based practice and current guidelines
  • Audits are carried out in all clinical areas on a monthly basis
  • Surveillance of alert organisms including Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), C-diff (Clostridium difficile), E-coli (Escherichia-coli), Meticillin Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)
  • Management of Outbreaks especially diarrhoea and vomiting e.g. Norovirus
  • Environmental Cleaning is performed daily ensuring high standards are maintained.  The Trust has initiated a deep cleaning programme in conjunction with enhanced cleaning using Hydrogen Peroxide gas (Bioquell)
  • Hand Hygiene is of paramount important to the Trust and we have trained designated Hand Hygiene Champions in every clinical area who promote the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 5-Moments of Hand Hygiene standards
  • Reconfiguration and Refurbishment; a multi-disciplinary approach with the IPCT providing clinical advice to areas across the Trust to ensure best practice elements are met
  • Antimicrobial Prescribing; Hospital Antibiotic Prudent Prescribing Indicator (HAPPI) audits are followed within the Trust

Preventing Infection

Keeping the Hospital Clean

Infectious Diseases

Further information