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What we are doing

There are a number of things that we do to control and prevent infection in our hospitals in areas of clinical practice, housekeeping and staff training:

  • Our housekeeping staff are employed directly by the hospital and are an integral part of the ward, with senior nursing staff agreeing cleaning schedules.
  • Resource staff are appointed in each ward and department. Mainly nurses, they receive special training in infection prevention and control and become an important continuing link between the wards and the infection control team. They help to monitor and improve many aspects of hygiene on the wards.
  • There has always been continued rigorous and effective control of antibiotic prescribing within the organisation which is important in preventing the development of ‘superbugs’, such as Clostridium difficile.
  • Infection prevention and control is part of staff induction for all staff, clinical and non clinical. Ongoing training is provided across the organisation. Regular hand hygiene audits to ensure staff are keeping to our strict standards.
  • To control and prevent the spread of Norovirus we sometimes have to close our wards. This means patients cannot be admitted to the ward or discharged to community care homes. It also means we stop visiting to the wards. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes but patient safety is our top priority. Exceptions will be made for relatives of very sick patients and you should speak to the ward’s clinical leader.

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