Infection Control Statement

Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year in January in accordance with the requirements of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance. 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 any risk assessments undertaken for prevention and control of infection
  • Details of staff training
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead

Mersham Medical Centre has one Lead for Infection Prevention and Control:Joy Moodie Practice Nurse

The IPC Lead is supported by: Dr Nana Oppong – Senior GP Partner

Infection transmission incidents (Significant Events)

Significant events (which may involve examples of good practice as well as challenging events) are investigated in detail to see what can be learnt and to indicate changes that might lead to future improvements. All significant events are reviewed in the monthly staff meetings and learning is cascaded to all relevant staff.

In the past year there have been no significant events raised that related to infection control.

Minor Surgery are undertaken by Dr Nana Oppong –  No infections were reported for patients who had had minor surgery at Mersham Medical Centre

Audits

Regular audits are carried out and a rolling refurbishment programme is in operation to ensure compliance with all standards

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed. In the last year theNHS Cleaning Specifications recommend that all toys are cleaned regularly .We do not have toys in the waiting room.

Cleaning specifications, frequencies and cleanliness: We also have a cleaning specification and frequency policy which our cleaners and staff work to. An assessment of cleanliness is conducted by the cleaning team and logged. This includes all aspects in the surgery including cleanliness of equipment.

Hand washing sinks: The practice has clinical hand washing sinks in every room for staff to use. All liquid soap and hand sanitizers dispensers are available throughout the Practice.

One way system – The policy was adopted  for the patients to use  a one way system to minimize risk of infection.

Training

  • All our staff receive annual training in infection prevention and control. All new staff have infection control training as part of their induction on joining the surgery. Annual update training for all staff is also undertaken.
  • All clinical and non -clinical staff have completed e-LfH e-learning training and MDU provided yearly update.

Policies and Procedures

All Infection Prevention and Control related policies are in date for this year.

Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are available to all staff and are reviewed and updated annually and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes. Infection control policies are circulated amongst staff for reading and discussed at meetings.

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles and responsibilities under this.

Extra Measures during COVID 19 Pandemic

During this Pandemic phase of COVID 19 we are instituting extra cleaning and infection control measures including; screening all patients for symptoms before or on arrival at the practice, wiping down the clinical desk, chair and couch and door handles in between all patients. We are also providing extra cleaning in the middle of the day and regular misting (where appropriate) of our premises.

Our team have all had handwashing training and have been provided with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) for their role and exposure levels.

All appointments are strictly assessed and patients only invited to attend if they cannot be dealt with by telephone and have no Covid-19 symptoms in their household. They are requested to wear a mask and come alone (or with one parent if a child). Where possible we will try and deal with your problem via telephone or video call to save you having to leave your home.

Please do not be offended if we ask you not to attend the surgery, or ask you to leave the building, this is to protect our staff, our other patients and you! If our staff are exposed to this virus the surgery will have to close for cleaning and the staff exposed will have to go into isolation meaning we are unable to provide the usual healthcare services to our patients.

Review date November 2022