Infection control

Preventing and controlling Infection and providing care in safe clean environments are important to us and for the safety of our patients.

We have a dedicated Infection Prevention and Control Team who provide advice and support to all of our staff on issues relating to the prevention and control of infection to ensure that patients, visitors and staff are protected from acquiring infections when using our services. You can read more in this leaflet - Infection control leaflet.

The trust participates in the mandatory surveillance of MRSA, MSSA, and Escherichia Coli blood stream infections, and Clostridium difficile infections carried out by Public Health England. The Trust has consistently had low rates of infections.  This information is published on the Public Health England website.

Helping us to prevent infections

If you are due to come into hospital please let staff know if:

  • you have previously been told that you have MRSA
  • you have had difficile diarrhoea in the past
  • you develop any diarrhoea and/or vomiting prior to admission or whilst in hospital.

When you are in hospital it is important to use good hygiene, which includes washing your hands before meals and after going to the toilet. If you cannot do this yourself then please ask one of the nurses to help you.

If you are visiting someone in hospital it is important that:

  • you use the alcohol hand gel when entering and leaving the ward or use soap and water as directed by the nursing staff
  • you do not visit if you are feeling unwell yourself, or discuss with one of the nurses if you are unsure
  • if you want to bring children into the wards, please discuss this first with the nurses and do not bring them in if they are unwell. 

MRSA

We are compliant with the Department of Health guidance for MRSA in that all relevant admissions are tested for MRSA. This involves taking skin swabs and nose swabs and sending them to the laboratory to test to see if MRSA is present.

Isolation

Certain infections may require patients to be nursed in a single room to prevent cross infections. The Trust has a number of single rooms on every ward to ensure patients continue receiving the specialist attention they need. The nursing staff will inform you if this is the case, and please feel free to discuss any concerns or questions with the nursing staff.

Hand hygiene

Washing your hands properly is the single most important things you can do to help prevent and control the spread of infection. If your hands are visibly dirty please wash them with soap and water. If they are visibly clean then please use the alcohol gel provided.

As a Trust we take hand hygiene very seriously and monitor every clinical area on a monthly basis. The results are displayed on the infection control notice board of every ward.

It's OK to ask!

We take hand hygiene seriously but sometimes when we're really busy, we might not clean our hands as often as we should. So if you're worried that we've forgotten, it's OK to remind us! We welcome your help in keeping you safe.

If you are concerned about hand hygiene within our Trust please do not hesitate to speak to the ward leader or lead nurse for that area.

Further information

If you have any queries or concerns about infection prevention and control please feel free to contact the Infection Control Team via the switchboard on 020 8702 3000.

 

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