Infection Control Statement

Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year in July. It summaries:

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

Scope

This Protocol applies to all staff employed by the practice.

IC Lead

The Practice Manager, Julie Simpson, is supported by Infection Control Lead Nurses, Sarah Parker, Liz Stanley and Debbie Warner, The H&S GP Lead is Dr M T Yates.

Training

Julie, Sarah Liz and Debbie have undertaken an Infection Control Lead training in 2019 and keep up to date with Blue Stream Training IC policy and provide update training to the rest of the practice team at our Protected Education meetings annually. Julie and Sarah also attend the quarterly IC meetings headed by Samantha Coulson Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Nursing and Quality Team, West Leicestershire CCG, 55 Woodgate , Loughborough,LE11 2TZ samantha.coulson@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk Tel 01509 567790 or Mobile : 07342 063161 However, these have been virtual since Covid-19.

Staff that are unable to be present at the training are given a copy of the training presentation which is available to all staff. The IC inspection document is available on the shared drive for all staff to access. An article on hand hygiene was included in our last staff newsletter

Immunisation

As a practice we ensure that all of our clinical staff are up to date with their Hep B immunisations and offered any occupational health vaccinations applicable to their role (i.e. MMR, Seasonal Flu). We take part in the National Immunisation campaigns for patients and offer vaccinations in house and via home visits to our patient population.

Flu shingles and pneumonia are also available to qualifying patients.

Cleaning

  • Our contract cleaner’s Opus Clean, work to cleaning specifications laid out in their contract along with frequencies and an annual audit takes place to ensure these are being met. Cleaning equipment is stored in accordance with the NHS Cleaning Specifications.
  • We provide minimal toys to help entertain children whilst they are in the waiting room  (however these have been removed since Covid-19). NHS Cleaning Specifications recommend that all toys are clean regularly and we therefore provide only wipeable toys.
  • In the doctor’s room the modesty screens are paper type material and changed bi annually.
  • Spill kits for blood, vomit or urine are provided for the reception area and treatment room complete with all necessary Personal Protective Equipment.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

The practice provides PPE for all members of the team in line with their role and current Covid 19 conditions.

  • Clinical staff are provided with aprons, several different types and sizes of gloves and goggles/face shields as necessary.
  • Reception staff are provided with masks and gloves for the handling of sample pots and sharps bins or if face to face with the patients and waiting areas/ confined spaces.

Waste

  • Clinical waste is categorised and stored in line with our waste management policy and collected weekly, waste transfer sheets are stored and archived for 5 years. Administration teams.
  • Domestic waste is disposed of by the local council. Collections take place weekly

Fixtures, Fittings and Furniture

Where possible all decorating, renewals and repairs will be made in line with infection control guidelines;

  • Where planned renewals of fixtures such as sinks and taps will ensure compliant items are installed where they are not currently at full specification.
  • The seating in the clinical rooms have been replaced (2016) to ensure they are in good repair and of wipe able materials and all rooms are hard flooring as of June 2019.

Audit

An annual Infection Prevention and Control in General practice audit was completed by the practice manager in June 2020 and reported to the Partners. All policies and procedures are updated every year or as necessary. There have not been any infection control incidents.

Our Sharps Bin Audit was competed in November 2019 and showed no areas of concern.

Policies

Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are stored on the shared drive.  These are reviewed and updated annually as appropriate and amended in line with new Covid-19 guidance and amended on an on-going basis as current advice changes.

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles & responsibilities under this. It is also the responsibility of the practice manager to ensure staff are familiar with the contents to Increase awareness of Infection Control issues amongst staff and clients Help motivate colleagues to improve practice.

Patients

There is one isolation room  available for patients who are thought to be contagious so rather than using the main waiting room patients may asked to wait there or return to their vehicle  until seen. Patients known to have Covid or suspected Covid will be treated in the isolation room and the room appropriately cleaned after the consultation.

Patients known to have MRSA will be treated at the end of a nurse clinic list so that the room can be appropriately cleaned after the consultation. There have been no reported cases of MRSA acquired in the Practice. Ongoing cases of Covid-19 are being reported from external sources.

No suggestion box or comment box available in the practice for patients to make comments, feedback or express concerns with regards to infection control issues such as cleanliness of the premises.

Review date

July 2021

Responsibility for Review

The Practice Manager & IC Lead Nurse are responsible for reviewing the Statement.