Infection Prevention & Control Statement
At Trinity & Bowthorpe Medical Practice, the safety and health of our patients, carers and visitors are very important to us. We understand that the processes of good infection control must be of a consistently high standard, and therefore require regular review, reflection and assessment to ensure they are both comprehensive and fit-for-purpose.
We feel that preventing and controlling infection is everybody's responsibility. Therefore;
We aim to promote an ethos of reducing the risk of acquiring and transmitting infection by:
- Education of Staff
- Provision of Clinical advice to Service users
- Audit of procedures and environment
Infection Control Team
The Practice’s Infection Control Team has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that excellent infection control policies, protocols and systems are in-place, and that all staff understand their content and are properly trained to follow the rules and guidelines they establish.
However, each member of staff at the Practice has their own part to play in ensuring they rigorously follow the correct processes without supervision.
The Practice Infection Control Team and colleagues comprises:
- Practice Infection Control Lead - Dr Nick Morton
- Practice Infection Control Nurse Lead - Dianne Stolworthy
- Rowan Slowther – Senior Nurse Specialist Infection Prevention & Control
- Occupational Health Tel: 287035
- Public Health England, Health Protection Team Tel: 0344 225 3546
Duties and responsibilities of all staff
The Practice employs standard operational precautions which underpin safe practice, protecting both staff and patients from infection.
Staff members at Trinity & Bowthorpe Medical Practice are aware that it is their own personal responsibility to apply standard precautions at all times and to all patients.
By using established policies, procedures and systems, and taking responsibility for their own actions, staff members at the Practice aim to consistently achieve the following:
- Optimum hand hygiene;
- Use PPE correctly and effectively;
- Handle and dispose of sharps safely;
- Handle and dispose of clinical waste safely;
- Manage blood and bodily fluids safely;
- Decontaminate equipment thoroughly;
- Create and maintain a clean clinical environment;
- Use indwelling devices appropriately;
- Prevent and manage accidents effectively;
- Provide good, clear communication with other healthcare workers, patients, visitors and external bodies;
- A high standard of training and education
Our Infection Prevention and Control procedures are evidence based, using Best Practice Guidelines.
The Department of Health www.dh.gov.uk
The Health Protection Agency (HPA): www.hpa.org.uk
The Hospital Infection Society: www.his.org.uk
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE): www.nice.org.uk
National Patient Safety Agency www.npsa.nhs.uk
CQC Care Quality Commission www.cqc.org.uk