Infection Control Statement: August 2022
In line with the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on Prevention and Control of Infection and its related guidance, this Annual Statement will be generated each year. It will summarise:
- Any known injection transmission events and actions arising from this;
- Audits undertaken and any subsequent actions;
- Risk assessments undertaken for prevention and control of infection;
- Education and training received by staff; and
- Review and update of policies, procedures and guidance
Infection Control Team
The infection control team at Woodlands Medical Centre is:
- Lead Nurse: Heather Pinder- Infection Control Lead
- Assistant Practice Manager: Caroline Bodinham- responsible for external contracts with the external cleaning company, window cleaning company and infrastructure improvements.
- GP Partner: Dr Adam Jones
Infection transmission events or significant events involving infection control
There have been no infection transmission events specific to Woodlands Medical Centre in the last 12 months with the exception of the global pandemic of Covid-19 to which we have responded in line with national guidance.
Audits and risk assessments undertaken and subsequent actions
Risk assessments and protocols associated with minimising the spread of Covid-19 are reviewed on a regular basis as new guidance is introduced nationally.
Wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been strictly adhered to as recommended in guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and is regularly risk assessed and changed as recommended in the updated guidance regularly provided by PHE.
All practice staff have been trained in donning and doffing PPE as per PHE guidelines.
The practice is currently working with commissioners and practice to staff to review the new national healthcare cleaning standards to ensure that the practice is able to fully comply.
The annual waste audit has been carried out in conjunction with the clinical waste contractor and all staff have been reminded about the importance of segregating and labelling clinical waste appropriately.
New clinical staff including GPs, Nurses/HCAs, GP registrars, F2 doctors, physician associates, pharmacists and medical students have received comprehensive infection control training as part of their induction programme. All current staff have completed an annual update for hand hygiene in April 2022.
Review and update of policies, procedures and guidance
All polices relating to Infection Control have been reviewed and are being updated in line with new national cleaning standards.
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