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Infection control



The annual statement will be generated each year June 2016

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 and control
  • Details of infection control advise to patients
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.


Downing Street Group Practice Lead for Infection Prevention /Control is Dr Ed Wernick, who is supported by Georgie Abrook (Practice nurse)

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 June 2015 – June 2016 there have been 1 significant event that related to infection prevention and control.  The incident was a needlestick injury sustained by a nurse and was deemed to be low risk and managed accordingly.


An annual infection control audit was carried out in May 2015 which highlighted areas for improvements:

  • Handwashing instructions placed at all handwashing basins.
  • Removal of paperwork from walls in clinical rooms unless cleanable.
  • Whiteboard placed in phlebotomy room and sluice.
  • Fabric patient chairs in doctors rooms replace with plastic.
  • Reduction of toys in doctor’s rooms and cleaning schedule started.
  • Removal of plugs from handwashing basins.
  • New dressing trolleys in treatment rooms

A handwashing audit was carried out by Dr Ziver Ismail in May 2015.

In the first audit, individuals were informed of any errors in handwashing technique. The aim of this repeat audit was to see if hand-washing technique had improved with education.

In the repeat audit, 92.3% (12 out of 13) correctly commenced hand-washing by applying water then soap, compared with 64.3% previously.

Further audits 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:

  • Hand decontamination.
  • Sharps use.
  • Aseptic/clean technique
  • Dress code
  • Protective clothing

Doctors were reminded to be bare below the elbow when carrying out procedures.

Nurses were reminded that the use of gloves during use of sharps greatly reduces the risk of transmitting infection if an injury should occur.

Staff training:

  • New staff joining Downing Street Group Practice received infection control and hand-washing training.
  • Clinical staff undertook aseptic technique competencies.
  • 100% of the Practice Clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention and control update training either by online or face to face training.
  • 100% of the Practice non-clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention and control update training.

The Infection Control Leads attended training updates November 2015 for their role provided by J2S Training.

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:

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

Policies, procedures and guidelines.

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

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