Infection Control Statement

This infection control statement will summarise:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and action taken (these will be reported in accordance with our Significant Event procedure
  • The annual infection control audit summary and actions undertaken
  • Control risk assessments undertaken
  • Details of staff training (both as part of induction and annual training) with regards to infection prevention & control
  • Details of infection control advise to patients
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.

 

Background:

Rosemead Surgery Lead for Infection Prevention /Control is Margaret Hallam who is supported by Patsy Dutton and the practice manager, Carole Coles-Ranson.

This team keep updated with infection prevention and control practices and share necessary information with staff and patients throughout the year.

Significant events

In the past year 12 months there have been no significant events that related to infection prevention & control.

Audits

An Infection control audit was performed in February 2019 by East Berks CCG Infection Control Lead Louise Forster. Any actions to be taken are being addressed. There were no key areas of concern noted.

Risk assessments:

Regular risk assessments are undertaken to minimise the risk of infection and to ensure the safety of patients and staff. The following risk assessments related to infection prevention & control have been completed in the past year and appropriate actions have been taken:

  • Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
  • Disposal of waste
  • Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) and occupational infections
  • Sharps injury
  • Use of personal protective clothing/equipment
  • Risk of body fluid spills
  • Legionella risk assessment

 

Staff training

4 new staff joined the Rosemead Surgery in the past 12 months and all have received infection control and hand-washing training within 2 months of employment.
100% of the practice clinical staff completed their infection prevention & control update training.

100% of the practice non-clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention and control update training.

The Infection Control Lead ensure they are up to date with local infection control policies and adhere to regular training both face to face and on line.

Infection control advice to patients

Patients are encouraged to use the alcohol hand gel/sanitiser dispensers that are available throughout the Medical Centre/Surgery.

There are leaflets/posters available in the Rosemead Surgery on:

  • Chickenpox & shingles
  • Influenza
  • The importance of immunisations for both adult and child.
  • Sepsis
  • Cervical cytology screening
  • Travel immunisation and advise
  • MMR protection
  • Whooping cough protection in pregnancy

 

Policies, procedures and guidelines

Documents related to infection prevention and control are reviewed in line with national and local guidance changes and are updated every two years (or sooner in the event on new guidance).