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Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control

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Infection Prevention and Control

The Infection Prevention Team is made up of the Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC), Deputy Director of Infection Control, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Prevention Nurses.

The infection prevention and control team provide practical, clinical advice and guidance to ensure that the risk of infection to patients, visitors and staff is minimised through a range of processes. The infection prevention team’s aim is to minimise the risks of infection to all patients who receive care or treatment or have contact with our services, by limiting people picking up and spreading micro-organisms.

The Infection Prevention team are involved in:

  • Education  to ensure staff are up to date with safe working practice.
  • Audit – we monitor aspects of care, for example: nursing practice, quality of cleaning and handwashing.
  • Surveillance – to monitor trends and feed this information back to the nurses and doctors to allow them to make clinical judgements on patients care including MRSA, Clostridioides difficile, bacteraemia and all other healthcare associated infections.
  • Advice – to staff and patients.
  • Outbreaks – investigating causes of outbreaks and day to day advice on prevention and suppression.
  • Information – to ensure that the Trust’s infection control policies are in line with national guidance and best practice and that information on common infections is available for patients, relatives and carers.
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Contact
To contact the Infection Prevention team, please email agh.infectionprevention@nhs.net or phone 01535 2924848.

Guidance for visitors

  • Please do not bring any infection in with you. If you have an infection such as a cold, try not to visit until you are completely better.
  •  If you have had symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea, do not visit until you have been better for 48 hours.
  • Do not sit or lie on a patient’s bed. Please use the chairs that are provided.
  • Please help us keep the environment clean and tidy. Dispose of waste (for example used tissues or sweet wrappers) in the waste bins provided.
  • Use the alcohol hand gels when entering and leaving wards/departments. To use the hand gel place a squirt of the gel onto the palm of one hand then rub hands vigorously together covering all areas of your hands and fingers. Keep rubbing your hands together until the gel evaporates. This takes 20-30 seconds.
  • Comply with visiting times. During outbreaks, visiting may be restricted to prevent spread.
  • While you are visiting, please do not use the patient toilet facilities. There are separate toilets for visitors.
  • We do not support food being brought in from home. However, we do recognise that this does happen. Please note that we cannot reheat any foods not prepared in the hospital nor share them with other patients.

Guidance for patients

  • Please keep your room reasonably free of objects to help the housekeeping staff keep the environment clean and limit the amount of personal belongings that are brought into hospital. Storage on the wards is limited and it becomes difficult to clean the area if it is cluttered.
  • If you or your visitors are concerned that something has not been cleaned, please tell the ward staff and they will attend to it as soon as possible.
  • Make sure you always wash your hands or use a hand wipe after using the toilet and before meals.
  • Always wear something on your feet when walking around our premises and leave them on the floor when you’re not wearing them.
  • It is important if you have a cold or flu like symptoms to remember your respiratory hygiene. Catch it, kill it, bin it. Remember, please use a tissue and dispose of it safely in a bin and wash your hands regularly.
  • Patients should avoid sitting on beds belonging to other patients.
  • Please do not share toiletries with other patients.
  • If you have any wound dressings, stitches, drips or catheters, try not to touch them unnecessarily.
  • Please help us keep our hospitals clean and tidy.
  • Inform a member of staff if you have been experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea/ vomiting or cold/flu like symptoms.
  • If a member of staff needs to examine you or perform a procedure, do not be afraid to remind them to clean their hands if you are worried, they may have forgotten. It’s Okay to ask!

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