Infection Control Annual Statement
INFECTION CONTROL ANNUAL STATEMENT 2019 /2020
The annual statement will be generated each year in November.
It will summarise:
- Any infection transmission incidents and action taken (these will be reported in accordance with our Significant Event procedure or whatever this is called for your Surgery/CCG)
- The annual infection control audit summary and actions undertaken
- Control risk assessments undertaken
- Details of staff training (both as part of induction and annual training) with regards to infection prevention & control
- Details of infection control advise to patients
- Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.
Thatcham Medical Practices Lead for Infection Prevention /Control is Liz Banner (Nurse Practitioner) who is supported by Naomi McKenna (Health & Safety Officer)
This team keep updated with infection prevention & control practices and share necessary information with staff and patients throughout the year.
In the past year 31st October 2018 to 1st November 2019 there have been no significant events that related to infection prevention & control.
The following audits have taken place
Infection control audit
Minor Ops Audit
Hand hygiene audit
Regular risk assessments are undertaken to minimise the risk of infection and to ensure the safety of patients and staff. The following risk assessments related to infection prevention & controls have been completed in the past year and appropriate actions have been taken:
- Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) relating to biological substances
- Disposal of waste
- Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) and occupational infections
- Sharps injury
- Use of personal protective clothing/equipment
- Risk of body fluid spills
- Legionella risk assessment
All new staff who joined Thatcham Medical Practice in the past 12-months have received infection control and hand-washing training.
Practice Clinical staff complete annual infection prevention & control update training.
The Infection Control Leads attended training updates for their role provided by the Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for Berkshire West CCGs.
Infection Control Advice to Patients:
Patients are encouraged to use the alcohol hand gel/sanitiser dispensers that are available throughout Thatcham Medical Practice.
There are leaflets/posters available on
- Chickenpox & shingles
- The importance of immunisations (e.g. in childhood and in preparation for overseas travel)
Policies, procedures and guidelines.
Documents related to infection prevention & control are reviewed in line with national and local guidance changes and are updated 2-yearly (or sooner in the event of new guidance).