The Eston Surgery
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Infection Control Annual Statement 2018
This annual statement will be generated each year in June. It will summarise:
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 control risk assessments undertaken
Details of staff training
Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines
The Eston Surgery has one lead for Infection, Prevention and Control, our Practice Nurse Andrea Feher, supported by Claire Hutchinson our Practice Manager.
Nurse Andrea Feher keeps updated on infection control and shares necessary information with the team.
In the last year (01/04/2017 – 31/03/2018) there have been no significant events raised that related to infection control.
An audit on Minor Surgery (for the period 01/04/2017 – 31/03/2018) was undertaken by Claire Hutchinson, in May 2018. No infections were reported within the clinical EPR of the patients who had had minor surgery at the practice.
An Infection Prevention and Control in General Practice audit was completed by Claire Hutchinson & Andrea Feher. No major problems were noted,
Small issues such:
GP room 1 untidy, with cluttered work space and countertops
No antibacterial wipes in room 6
a cluttered work station/shelving in room 4
Untidy storage area between rooms 4-6
The inadequacies that were noted have been addresses to ensure compliance. We will aim to do more to share information with our patients and will therefore place a copy of this Annual Statement on our practice website and will notify patients of any seasonal outbreaks that they may need to be aware of via posters in the surgery and on our website.
Risk assessments are carried out so best practice can be established and then followed.
Cleaning specifications, frequencies and cleanliness
We have added a cleaning specification and frequency policy poster in the waiting room to inform our patients of what they can expect in the way of cleanliness.
We also have a cleaning specification and frequency policy which our cleaners work to. An annual assessment of cleanliness is conducted by the cleaning team and logged. This includes all aspects in the surgery including cleanliness of equipment. The practice cleaning team have been on board with this risk assessment.
No problems were identified in this year’s cleaning audit. New procedures have been put in place to ensure cleaning specifications and frequencies are adequate for a General Practice environment.
Toys, books and magazines
We have taken the decision to no longer provide magazines or toys to entertain adults or children whilst they are in the waiting room. We feel it is more important to manage the risk of potential infection than to entertain patients
Modesty curtains in treatment rooms are disposable and once opened are changed every 12 months as per practice policy.
The practice nurse and HCA completed a training course for the prevention of infection and infection control specifically for clinical staff, and refresh by completing the course annually; our admin team also complete on-line training for infection control for administrative staff
All our staff (including admin team are aware of the importance of hand hygiene and complete basic infection control training)
Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are reviewed and updated annually, and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes.
For and on behalf of the Eston Surgery
Next Audit May 2019