Infection Control Statement

This annual statement will be generated each year in November. 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 undertaken/awaiting
  • Control risk assessments undertaken
  • Details of staff training
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.

Kennet Surgery’s Lead for infection Control is Judith Carter (Practice Nurse) and is supported by Ms Samantha Lethbridge (Practice manager).

They will keep updated on infection control and share necessary information with staff and patients throughout the year.

Significant Events

In the past one year (September 2018 – September 2019) there have been 1 significant events raised that relate to infection control.

Cold Chain Incident reported to PHE and significant Event completed

Risk Assessments

Regular risk assessments are undertaken to minimise the risk of infection and to ensure the safety of patients and staff. The following risk assessment relating to infection control have been completed in the past year and appropriate action taken.

  • Vomit Blood Spillage Kits
  • Needle Stick Injury’s
  • PPE usage

Cleaning specifications, frequencies and cleanliness of equipment

The practice has outsourced or cleaning to Low Cost Cleaning Ltd
Cleaning audits are undertaken on a frequent basis and inspection of the premises.
Nursing staff are accountable for cleaning treatment areas and equipment between patients. Protective equipment policies are in place.

Curtains

The practice has disposable curtains in all consulting rooms. These are changed every 6 months.

Flooring

The ground floor of the premises is all wooden flooring apart from the treatment room which is linoleum, the upstairs is carpeted.

Furniture

All furniture in the practice is made of easily cleanable substances and furniture in the waiting room and consulting rooms is cleaned on a weekly basis.

Staff training

All staff are aware of the practice hand hygiene policy and instructions for hand cleansing are displayed in all clinical rooms.
The practice had some annual infection control update training on the 18th June 2019.

Patients

Patients who attend surgery who are thought to have an infection that may be contagious i.e chickenpox will be asked to wait in an isolation room if available rather than the main waiting room.

All patients who are known to have MRSA infection will be treated at the end of the nurses list so the room can be prepared and cleaned after the consultation.

Patients are encouraged to use infection control alcohol gel to combat cross infection; these machines can be found on the wall in various areas of the surgery.

Policies, Procedure and Guidelines

Policies relating to infection prevention and control will be reviewed as current advice changes and updated annually if appropriate.

We aim to share information with our patients and a copy of this Annual Statement will be published on the patient’s notice board in the main waiting area.

Annual Statement
Samantha Lethbridge – Practice Manager 5.11.2019