Infection Control Statement
Annual Statement 2017
The annual statement will be generated each year in November.
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.
Abbey Medical Centre Lead for Infection Prevention /Control is Priya Nirgude, who is supported by Dr Oyegbata.
This team keep updated with infection prevention & control practices and share necessary information with staff and patients throughout the year.
In the past year (November 2016-November 2017) there was one significant event that related to infection prevention & control.
An infection control Audit was undertaken by Michaela Hooper, CCG Infection control nurse, Smita Nirgude, Practice Manager and Priya Nirgude, Infection Control lead.
Changes that have been implemented as a result are six-monthly staff hand hygiene self assessments and signs in patient toilets regarding cleanliness. COSHH information sheets will also be kept with cleaning supplies.
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 and 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
- Risk of body fluid spills
NB – only list risk assessments that have been completed in the past 12-months & ensure there is evidence of actions taken as a result (as the CQC may ask to see these documents)
Two new staff joined this Medical Centre in the past 12-months and received infection control and hand-washing training within four months of employment.
50% of the Practice Clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention & control update training (specific whether this was in a formal training session or on-line).
50% of the Practice non-clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention & control update training..
The Infection Control Leads attended training updates (or are due to attend their updates in the next four months) for their role provided by Michaela Hooper (the Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for Berkshire West CCGs).
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 Medical Centre on:
- shingles – Influenza
- antibiotic overuse
- whooping cough and pregnancy
- Recognising symptoms of TB and latent TB
Policies, procedures and guidelines
Documents related to infection prevention & control are reviewed in line with national and local guidance changes and are updated two-yearly (or sooner in the event on new guidance).