Infection Control Statement

Infection Prevention and Control is the work an organisation does to identify potential risks for spread of infection between patients (and between patients and staff) and to take measures to reduce that risk. The Practice takes its responsibility to do this very seriously. All staff take responsibility for their own role in this and all staff receive regular training in their role in Infection Prevention and Control.

We take additional measures to ensure we maintain the highest standards:

  • Encourage staff and patients to raise any issues or report any incidents relating to cleanliness and infection control.  We can discuss these and identify improvements we can make to avoid any future problems.
  • Carry out an annual infection control audit to make sure our infection control procedures are working.
  • Provide annual staff updates and training on cleanliness and infection control
  • Review our policies and procedures annually to make sure they are adequate and meet national guidance.
  • Maintain the premises and equipment to a high standard and ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce or remove all infection risk.
  • Equipment is disposable where possible e.g. coach rolls, privacy curtains, hand towels etc.
  • All other non-disposable equipment is cleaned according to manufacturer’s guidelines, to minimise the risk of infection.
  • Make Alcohol Hand Rub Gel available throughout the practice.

Purpose of annual statement

In line with the Department of Health, The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice on Prevention and Control of Infection and its Related Guidance (2015), the practice annual statement will be generated each year.

It will summarise:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been reported in accordance with our Significant Events Report procedures).
  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions taken.
  • Details of any infection control risk assessments undertaken.
  • Details of any staff training.
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Leads

Nurse Lead: Gail Quinn

Supplies and Facilities Lead: Rebecca Snowling

Infection transmission incidents (Significant Events)

Significant events (which may involve examples of good practice as well as challenging events) are investigated in detail to see what can be learnt and to indicate changes that might lead to future improvements. All significant events are reviewed and discussed in the monthly clinical meetings and learning is cascaded to all staff.

Two cases of C. difficile were identified within the surgery in the past year, it was discussed and decided at an RCA meeting that best practice was met.

Infection Prevention Audit and Actions

The latest Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit was completed in January 2020. This involves a comprehensive review of all aspects of infection prevention and control within the surgery.

As a result of this audit, the following changes were made at Beccles Medical Centre:

  • A secure fenced off waste/bin area
  • A request has been submitted for the replacement of all carpeted areas to run in line with current Infection control guidelines – awaiting a decision from NHS property services.
  • Rusty bins were replaced

Beccles Medical Centre will continue to undertake the following audits in 2021

  • Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit
  • Cold Chain (for safe storage and handling of vaccinations)
  • Domestic Cleaning audit
  • Hand hygiene audit

Training

All our staff receive annual on line training in infection prevention and control.

Policies

All Infection Prevention and Control related policies are in date for this year.

Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are available to all staff and are reviewed and updated annually or in line with the Infection Control inspection and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes. Infection Control policies are circulated amongst staff for reading and discussed at meetings on a regular basis.

All policies are available for staff to view on Clarity Teamnet, our online staff platform.

COVID 19

During the Covid pandemic as a practice we responded quickly and efficiently to the new government guidelines and followed strategic operational plans set out.

PPE – Personal Protective Equipment was readily available to protect our patients and staff, face masks were worn by all staff moving around the building and in shared office spaces, everyone was encouraged to observe social distancing rules at all times.

Patients were triaged over the phone and only asked to attend the surgery for an appointment if the clinician felt it was urgent, patients were assessed at the door for Covid symptoms and exposure to the virus, temperatures were taken, a fresh surgical face mask was provided and hand hygiene enforced before entering the building.

As the pandemic progressed further changes were made through total telephone triage, and a hot corridor was sectioned off with and an allocated ‘hot team’ who did not mix with other members of staff or patients.

All patients were seen in full PPE and the Home Visit team were provided with scrubs and full body protection to protect themselves and vulnerable patients in their own homes, used PPE was placed in a clinical waste bag and placed in the clinical bins provided.

Although restrictions have eased we still enforce a fresh face mask and hand washing for anyone entering the building.

If you have any concerns about cleanliness or infection control within The Beccles Medical Centre, please report these to our Reception staff.

Gail Quinn
Infection Control  Lead
Beccles Medical Centre
9th July 2021