28 Beaumont Street Infection Control Annual Statement 2016-17
This annual statement will be generated each year in March. 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 and actions taken.
- Control risk assessments undertaken
- Details of staff training
- Details of infection control advice to patients
- Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Identify lead personnel for infection control.
Accountability and Responsibilities
The Practice Lead for Infection Control and Decontamination is: Nurse Practitioner Lynn Cross
The Practice Manager, has responsibility to ensure compliance with legislation and national guidance for Infection prevention and control and for cleanliness.
In the past year (1 April 2016 – 23 Mar 2017) there have been no significant events raised that relate to infection control.
The following audits are completed each year:
- Minor Surgery – The minor surgery procedures performed at the surgery over the previous year have been audited in March. No infections have been reported in the previous year
- Infection Prevention and Control – Annual Audit of the building and infection control procedures was performed and recorded in December 2016 to ensure all the infection control policies and standards were being adhered to
- 2 monthly infection control “spot checks” are performed by the Practice Lead in all patient accessible areas of the building. In particular the following are considered:
- Disposal of clinical waste
- Healthcare associated infections & occupational infections
- Risk of body fluid spills
Cleaning specifications, frequencies and cleanliness of equipment
The Practice has appointed Service Master as their cleaning contractor of choice. The company has a wealth of knowledge and experience of cleaning standards required in general practice to comply with CQC standards of infection control and health & safety.
Cleaning specifications are set in liaison with their representative and standards monitored daily by the Practice Manager and monthly by Service Master Area Manager.
Toys, Books and Magazines
We provide minimal toys to help entertain children whilst they are in the waiting room and during consultations. Toys are carefully selected to allow for cleaning and minimise the risk of contamination. The waiting room toys (a fixture in the basement) are cleaned daily and the treatment room toys individually cleaned after use by the practitioner responsible for them.
Magazines are replenished regularly.
All consulting and treatment rooms have disposable curtains around the treatment couches which are changed every 6 months.
Hard flooring is in all areas where invasive clinical procedures such as minor surgery, coil and implant insertions take place. Easy clean carpet tiles are used for the remainder of the building.
All seating in patient areas is made either of washable non absorbent material or cushioned with of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal fabrics and vinyls.
We have performed a risk assessment and have confirmed that there is negligible risk of legionella infection from the water supply in our building
All practice staff, clinical and non clinical are required to participate in regular training for the management and control of HCAIs and hand washing techniques. There is a guide for infection control and hand washing in the staff handbook. We will be arranging a new session of staff training on Infection Control given by the Medical Defence Union this year. Both our practice nurses and the CQC medical lead have been away for half day infection control training this year.
Patients who are thought to have an infection that may be contagious e.g. chickenpox are, when possible, isolated on arrival at reception and asked to wait in the ground floor waiting room or treatment room.
There have been no reported cases of MRSA or Clostridium-difficile acquired in the Practice.
Patients are encouraged to use antibacterial gel to combat cross infection. Dispensers are available throughout the practice including the waiting room.
We will ensure that patients with infections are treated promptly, appropriately and provided with the relevant information.
Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
Policies relating to infection prevention and control are easily accessible to all our staff on our computer network will be reviewed as current advice changes and updated annually if appropriate.