Infection Control Annual Statement

25th August 2021

Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year in August 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. The report will be published on the practice website and will include the following summary:

  • 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 the prevention and control of infection
  • Details of staff training
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) lead

The lead for infection prevention and control at Wonersh Surgery is Vickie Mitchell (Lead Clinical Nurse/Nurse Practitioner). The IPC lead is supported by the Practice Management Team.

Infection Prevention and Control Audits

The Infection Prevention and Control Lead conducts an annual Infection Control audit and the most recent audit was conducted on 18th August 2021.

Infection Prevention and Control Policy

The practice has an Infection Prevention and Control Policy which is reviewed every two years.

Training

All staff members are required to complete an online Infection Prevention and Control module annually.

Cleaning Services

The cleaning of Wonersh Surgery is contracted out to Shield Cleaning Services and they clean the premises every night, Monday to Friday. The standard of cleaning is monitored by the management team and any concerns identified are reported to the area Supervisor/Manager of the contractor.

The Reception Team have a routine whereby the toys are cleaned with clinical cleaning wipes.

Other

  • There is hand sanitiser located in all clinical/treatment rooms as well as in various locations for use by patients and visitors.
  • Disposable couch rolls are used to reduce the risk of cross contamination between patients.
  • Privacy is provided either by screens which can be wiped or by disposable privacy curtains which are replaced every six months.
  • A hygiene screen is now in place on the reception counter to provide additional protection to staff and patients.
  • The use of face masks/coverings by patients at this time is compulsory, unless medically exempt, and patient facing staff are required to make use of appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in line with appropriate guidance (due to Covid-19 pandemic).