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Infection Control Annual Statement July 2019

Purpose This annual statement will be generated each year in July. 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

Background

Pontesbury Medical Practice has a lead for Infection, Prevention and Control this is Eileen Swan (Practice Nurse)

Significant Events

In the last year (01/04/2018 – 31/03/2019) there have been no significant events raised that related to infection control.

Audits


An Infection Prevention and Control in General Practice audit was completed by Eileen Swan and Heather Brown (Practice Manager) on 04/07/19. No major problems were noted, Small issues such as:· Sharps bin overfilled in the Podiatry Room· Splits in Phlebotomy Chair


The inadequacies that were noted are being addressed 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.


· Cardboard waste stored in the utility room


· The lead nurse for infection control has undertaken online training in infection control but the CCG/NHS England no longer provide training. We will continue to try and source this elsewhere.


Risk Assessments Cleaning, Hygiene and Infection Control The practice our own cleaning staff, we regularly check that they are carrying out checks to ensure the standard of cleanliness and hygiene is maintained. Our staff also carry out visual checks to ensure that work areas are clean. All feedback from patients has indicated that our premises are clean and well maintained. We have never received a complaint in relation to the cleanliness of our practice.


Handwashing In December 2018, we carried out a knowledge test on our staff in relation to good handwashing technique. We also circulated a video of the current recommendations for handwashing in healthcare Some minor gaps in knowledge were identified and we will liaise with staff to address this at the earliest opportunity.


Toys, books and magazines All toys are wiped with an antibacterial wipe, we do not have any soft toys


Curtains Modesty curtains in treatment rooms are disposable and once opened are changed every 6 months, or sooner if soiled/damaged.


Staff training   All clinical staff undertake annual training in Infection control and prevention. Non-clinical staff complete this training at induction and three-yearly thereafter, as we feel it is important that they are aware of the importance of hand hygiene infection control.


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.Heather Brown Practice Manager For and on behalf of Pontesbury Medical PracticeReview: July 2020

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