Downing Street Group Practice Infection Control Statement 2019
Our aim is to keep a clean and tidy surgery, to promote a safe environment for staff, patients and visitors in accordance with national and local guidelines.
In accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, infection control is everyone’s responsibility. All care workers both clinical and non clinical, are required to adhere to the Downing Street Group Practice Infection Prevention and Control Policies and Procedures and make every effort to maintain high standards of infection prevention and control at all times thereby reducing the burden of Infections including MRSA.The annual statement will be generated each year and will summarise:
1. Details of any infection transmission incidents and action (as reported in accordance with our significant event procedure).
2. Details of any infection control audits undertaken and action taken.
3. Details of any infection control risk assessments undertaken.
4. Staff training.
5. Review and update of policies/procedures/guidelines which may be required.
Infection Control Lead
The Infection Control Lead will enable the integration of infection control principles into the standards of care within the practice. They will be the first point of contact for practice staff in respect of infection control issues. They will help create and maintain an environment which will ensure the safety of the patient/client/carers, visitors and healthcare workers in relation to Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI).
The practice Infection Control Leads are Dr Edward Wernick, Sarah Spice and Suzanne Nicholls.
A needlestick injury was sustained by the health care assistant in October 2018 following an injection given to a patient. Advice sought from needlestick injury helpline, low risk infection transmission identified. All staff reminded of the helpline number should they need it.
Four audits were undertaken in 2018 by Sarah Spice (Practice Nurse). They were focused on standard precautions, the clinical room environment, hand hygiene and, safe handling of specimens and sharps. a general audit was also carried out the CCG infection control lead, Viv O’Connor. An improvement plan following these audits has been developed and is in progress. One of the major chage4s implemented has been a change in cleaning contractor and an increase in the number of hours for cleaning the clinical areas.
General Health and Safety and Infection Control management is ongoing with fortnightly inspections of the premises. Current work identified:
- Replace a damaged couch in one clinical room 1
- Ensure all notices in clinical rooms are laminate
- Replace curtains in all rooms with disposable curtains. Ongoing
All clinical staff complete infection control training. Some staff were overdue their training and this has now been completed.
All clinical staff are competency assessed in handwashing and aseptic techniques.
Infection Control Advice to Patients
Patients are encouraged to use the alcohol hand gel/sanitiser dispensers that are available throughout Downing Street Surgery.
There are posters available in the Downing Street Group Practice on:
- Chickenpox and shingle
- The importance of immunisations (e.g. in childhood and in preparation for overseas travel)
Policies, Procedures, Guidelines
Most policies are formally reviewed annually, however all are amended on an ongoing basis as current advice changes, or need arises.