Infection Control Statement

Introduction

This document sets out the surgery policy on infection control and should be used with reference to the principles outlined in the Infection Control (biological substances) Protocol and the Infection Control Inspection Checklist

Policy Statement

This practice is committed to the control of infection within the building and in relation to the clinical procedures carried out within it.

The practice will undertake to maintain the premises, equipment, drugs and procedures to the standards detailed within the Checklist and will undertake to provide facilities and the financial resources to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce or remove all infection risk.

Wherever possible or practicable the practice will seek to use washable or disposable materials for items such as soft furnishings and consumables, e.g. seating materials, wall coverings including paint, bedding, couch rolls, modesty sheets, bed curtains, floor coverings, towels etc, and ensure that these are laundered, cleaned or changed frequently to minimise risk of infection.

Proposals for the Management of Infection Risk

The clinician responsible for Infection Control is Dr Lee Chivers
The Nursing lead responsible for Infection Control is Nancy Bell
The Non Clinician responsible for Infection control is Debbie Short

Nancy Bell will be responsible for the maintenance of personal protective equipment and the provision of personal cleaning supplies within clinical areas
Nancy Bell will be responsible for the maintenance of the provision of personal cleaning supplies within non-clinical areas
Nancy Bell will be responsible for the maintenance of sterile equipment and supplies, and for ensuring that all items remain “in date”

The following general precautions will apply:

  • Infection Control training will take place for all staff on an annual basis and will include hand washing procedures and sterilisation procedures. (See Handwashing Guidelines.)
  • Regular Infection Control Training will take place for all Staff.
  • Hand washing posters will be displayed at each designated hand basin. See Handwashing Guidelines
  • A random and unannounced Inspection Control Inspection by the above named staff, using the Checklist, will take place on at least a bi-monthly basis and the findings will be reported to the partners’ meeting for (any) remedial action.

See also:

Sample (blood, urine etc.) handling protocol