Infection Control Statement

We aim to provide a safe, clean environment for our staff and patients.

To ensure we provide a safe environment and limit the spread of infection we aim to meet the following standards:

  • Empower staff to raise issues and report incidents relating to cleanliness and infection control. Record significant events relating to infection control and bring them to staff meetings to share and learn from.
  • Educate staff regarding Infection Control standards using online education and face to face sessions.
  • Ensure Policies relating to Infection Control are up to date and available for staff to refer to.
  • Carry out an annual audit to ensure procedures and policies are up to date, complied with and that the environment is clean and maintained to a high standard.
  • Ensure alcohol hand gel and cleaning wipes are available throughout the building.
  • Carry out a weekly environmental and equipment check to ensure we are maintaining the standard set in our policies.
  • Ensure all clinical staff are vaccinated with the hepatitis B vaccine and all staff are up to date with Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines and receive the Influenza Vaccine annually.
  • Carry out risk assessments to establish how best practices can be established.
  • Ensure adequate PPE is available for Staff.
  • Ensure our Cleaning Company maintain a high standard of cleaning by reviewing, auditing and managing any concerns.
  • Storing our medicine and vaccines safely.

Significant Events

We have no current significant events relating to Infection Control.

Audits

We are pleased to say that our 2020 audit showed compliance in all areas. The results can be found by following the link below:

Infection Control Quality Improvement

We currently do not perform Minor Surgery as the changes we have had to make to our working environment do not meet the Infection Control Standard for performing Minor Surgical Procedures. We hope to offer this service again in the future.

Our Infection Control Team Lead Nurse Sara Davison is supported in the role by Dr Bethan George and Sharon Sharp HCA.

Covid 19

We always take Infection Prevention seriously and follow strict protocols. During this difficult time we are following all guidance issued by the government in relation to preventing the spread of Covid-19 and aim to maintain a Covid secure environment for all our staff and patients.

We are not seeing patients with Covid symptoms in the surgery and make alternative arrangements to examine anyone requiring a face to face consult with Covid related symptoms.

We have reduced the footfall in the surgery and aim to maintain the recommended 2m distance.

Patients are asked not to attend the Surgery unless they have an appointment with the exception of being asked to drop something in to us. We are encouraging patients to use our website to contact us or call us if they are unable to go online.

Our clinical staff wear PPE when seeing patients and we ask that anyone attending the surgery wear a face mask.

We are cleaning surfaces in the common areas half hourly and all clinical rooms are cleaned between patients.

If you have any concern regarding Infection Control or cleanliness at Locking Hill, you can leave feedback by completing our online Feedback Form.