Laurel House Surgery has a comprehensive Infection Control policy that also defines the necessary roles and responsibilities of staff, the Practice infrastructure, dress code and the various processes to detect and report infections.
It includes review dates and the whole process is audited on a very regular basis, rountinely every 3 months as a standard minimum, to ensure both our compliance and to minimise any infection risk to both patients and practice staff.
The Practice has a nominated a lead for cleanliness and infection control, including decontamination of equipment. They have appropriate authority to make, advise and changes as required, and access to specialist expertise when necessary
The risk assessment procedures we have in place check that the infection control procedures are being followed implicitly by all staff, including the following of safe systems of work, by carrying out regular audits of the procedures to be followed. This has also received very positive comments from external contractors, specialists and patients.
The Practice is always open to comments from patients regarding our infection control systems and procedures and positive action taken, if appropriate. if adverse comments are made.
Strict procedures regarding immunisation are also be in place. Consideration is given to the immunisation of staff against certain diseases with necessary re-immunisation where appropriate, in particular Hepatitis B, where all clinical staff, or those though to be at risk, are required to undertake Hep.B antibody checks and subsequent immunisation is their levels are found to be low.
We also have in place strict de-contamination procedures for any necessary equipment – subject to risk assessment and suitable equipment for cleaning and sterilisation as and when required – subject to certain activities taking place.
Laurel House always holds adequate stock of appropriate supplies of cleaning materials and cleaning chemicals including approved hand sanitisers, hand sanitising gel with procedures in place regarding their use and posters detailing the correct hand-washing procedure to be followed.
Laurel House will share information about infection control issues with outside organisations as may be required in certain circumstances – eg. when referring a patient to hospital if that patient is known to have an infectious disease.
Also in the situation of a patient being diagnosed with a notifiable infectious disease – this will be communicated to the appropriate agency (normally the Health Protection Agency and/or Clinical Commissioning Group (C.C.G.), as and when required.
Laurel House view the issue of patient care in this context very seriously. The consultation may include undertaking a patient risk assessment, seeing the patient in isolation if appropriate (to minimise risk to others), seeking expert advice as necessary and providing on-going monitoring when required.
Risk Assessment and Practice Audits have been regularly undertaken during 2012-13 and we are pleased to say that there have been no adverse incidents reported during this period.
Number of Reported Infection Control Incidents and Action Taken:
1) For the period 01/04/2012 – 30/09/2013 there were no reported infection
2) Infection Control Risk Assessments Carried Out: 16/07/2012 & 18/12/2012
3) Staff Training Undertaken: 2 sessions > Clinical 22/01/13 and Admin 19/06/13
4) Clinical Audit Undertaken during year. Yes.
5) Infection Control – Policies and Procedures reviewed throughout year – see
individual policy version details.