Infection Control Statement

Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year. It summarises:

  • Any infection transmission 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 partnership

IC Lead

The practice manager, Julie Simpson, is supported by infection control lead nurse Elizabeth Stanley at St Luke’s, Sarah Parker at Market Harborough Medical Centre and Debbie Warner at Husbands Bosworth Medical Centre. The health and safety GP lead is Dr M T Yates

Training

Infection control leads attended a training course in February 2018 and keep up to date with IC policy and provide update training to the rest of the practice team at protected learning education meetings annually. 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.

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.

Cleaning

  • ICP Our contract cleaners 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 rooms and during consultations. NHS Cleaning Specifications recommend that all toys are cleaned regularly and we therefore provide only wipeable mounted toys in the waiting room.
  • In the clinical 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 rooms complete with all necessary PPE.
  • Legionella Risk Assessment is undertaken as per guidence.

Sharps Bins

We do not accept full sharps bins here – please contact the local council who will collect them from home and replace with an empty one.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

The practice provides PPE for all members of the team in line with their role

  • Clinical staff are provided with aprons, several different types and sizes of gloves and goggles/face shields as necessary.
  • Reception staff are provided with gloves for the handling of sample pots and sharps bins

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.
  • A rolling plan of redecoration is in place and where performed wall coatings will be in line with infection control guidelines.
  • The seating in the clinical rooms have recently been replaced to ensure they are in good repair and of wipe able materials. All New build furniture has been purchased with infection control in mind.

Audit

An annual Infection Prevention and Control in General practice audit was completed by the practice manager in June 2018 and reported to the Partners. All policies and procedures are updated every year or as necessary. There have not been any infection control incidents.

Policies

Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are stored on the shared drive.  These are reviewed and updated annually as appropriate. However, all are 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 and responsibilities under this. It is also the responsibility of the practice manager to ensure staff are familiar with the contents.

Patients

An isolation room is available for patients who are thought to be contagious rather than using the main waiting room. 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.

Review date

July 2020

Responsibility for Review

The practice manager and IC lead nurse are responsible for reviewing the Statement