Infection Control Statement

Purpose

The annual statement will be generated each year in May

It 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:

Westwood Road Health Centre Lead for Infection Prevention /Control Lead is Sara Lang, Practice Nurse, who is supported by Jane Goddard, Practice Manager

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

Significant events:

In the past year 2018/2019 there have been no significant events that related to infection prevention & control.

Audits:

Infection Control audits were undertaken by South Reading Infection Control Nurse Jennie Leleux , and, any changes to be made within the practice implemented as a result.

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
  • Sharps injury
  • Use of personal protective clothing/equipmen
  • Legionella risk assessment

Staff training:

100% of the Practice Clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention & control update training

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

Infection Control Advice to Patients:

Patients are encouraged to use the alcohol hand gel/sanitiser dispensers that are available throughout Westwood Road Health Centre

There are leaflets available at Westwood Road Health Centre on:

  • MRSA – Norovirus
  • Chickenpox & shingles – Influenza
  • The importance of immunisations (e.g. in childhood and in preparation for overseas travel)
  • Recognising symptoms of TB

Policies, procedures and guidelines.

Documents related to infection prevention & control are reviewed in line with national and local guidance changes and are updated 2-yearly (or sooner in the event on new guidance).