We aim to keep our practice clean and tidy and offer a safe environment to our patients and staff.
If you have any concerns about cleanliness or infection control, please report these to our Patient Care Navigators/Reception staff.
Our GPs and Nursing staff follow our Infection Control Policy to ensure the care we deliver and the equipment we use is safe.
During the period of the COVID-19 pandemic we have put extra measures in place to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff e.g. hand gel for all users, reduced seating in the waiting room to allow for 2 metre distancing, PPE (personal protective equipment) for all staff where appropriate.
We take additional measures to ensure we maintain the highest standards:
- Encourage staff and patients to raise any issues or report any incidents relating to cleanliness and infection control. We can discuss these and identify improvements we can make to avoid any future problems.
- Carry out an annual infection control audit to make sure our infection control procedures are working.
- Provide annual staff updates and training on cleanliness and infection control
- Review our policies and procedures to make sure they are adequate and meet national guidance.
- Maintain the premises and equipment to a high standard within the available financial resources and ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce or remove all infection risk.
- Use washable or disposable materials for items such as couch rolls, modesty curtains, floor coverings, towels etc. and ensure that these are laundered, cleaned or changed frequently to minimise risk of infection.
- Make Alcohol Hand Rub Gel available throughout the building
In the past year there have been no significant events raised that related to infection control.
An annual Infection Control Audit is undertaken in the Practice which is carried out by the local Infection Prevention and Control Team.
The cleaning staff work to structured cleaning schedules and the daily cleaning of the Health Centre is contracted to a company who follow national NHS guidance.
Infection Control Policy
The Infection Control Policy is reviewed and updated bi-annually if appropriate and updated on an ongoing basis as current advice changes. This has changed regularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.