Market Harborough Medical Centre
Infection Control Annual Statement
This annual statement will be generated each year in July. It summarizes:
- 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 staff training
- Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines
This Protocol applies to all staff employed by the practice
The Practice Manager, Julie Simpson, is supported by Infection Control Lead Nurse Sarah Parker. The H&S GP Lead is Dr M T Yates
Julie and Sarah have attended an Infection Control Lead training course in 2016 and keep up to date with IC policy and provide update training to the rest of the practice team at our Protected Education meetings annually. Staff that are unable to be present at the training are given a copy of the training presentation which is available to all staff. The IC inspection document is available on the shared drive for all staff to access. An article on hand hygiene was included in our last staff newsletter
As a practice we ensure that all of our clinical staff are up to date with their Hep B immunisations and offered any occupational health vaccinations applicable to their role (i.e. MMR, Seasonal Flu). We take part in the National Immunisation campaigns for patients and offer vaccinations in house and via home visits to our patient population.
- Our contract cleaner’s work to cleaning specifications laid out in their contract along with frequencies and an annual audit takes place to ensure these are being met. Cleaning equipment is stored in accordance with the NHS Cleaning Specifications.
- We provide minimal toys to help entertain children whilst they are in the waiting room and during consultations. NHS Cleaning Specifications recommend that all toys are clean regularly and we therefore provide only wipe able mounted toys in the waiting room.
- In the doctor’s room the modesty screens are paper type material and changed bi annually.
- Spill kits for blood, vomit or urine are provided for the reception area and treatment room complete with all necessary PPE.
- Our Air conditioning units are serviced annually to prevent any legionella build up in line with our Legionella Risk Assessment.
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
The practice provides PPE for all members of the team in line with their role
- Clinical staff are provided with aprons, several different types and sizes of gloves and goggles/face shields as necessary.
- Reception staff are provided with gloves for the handling of sample pots and sharps bins
- Clinical waste is categorized and stored in line with our waste management policy and collected weekly, waste transfer sheets are stored and archived for 5 years.
- Domestic waste is disposed of by the local council. Collections take place weekly
Fixtures, Fittings & Furniture
Where possible all decorating, renewals and repairs will be made in line with infection control guidelines;
- Where planned renewals of fixtures such and sinks and taps will ensure complaint items are installed where they are not currently at full spec.
- A rolling plan of redecoration is in place and where performed wall coatings will be in line with infection control guidelines.
- The seating in the clinical rooms have recently been replaced (2016) to ensure they are in good repair and of wipe able materials.
An annual Infection Prevention and Control in General practice audit was completed by the practice manager in August 2015 and reported to the Partners. All policies and procedures are updated every year or as necessary. There have not been any infection control incidents.
Our Sharps Bin Audit was competed in April 2016 and showed no areas of concern.
Policies Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are stored on the shared drive. These are reviewed and updated annually as appropriate. However, all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice changes.
Responsibility It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles & responsibilities under this. It is also the responsibility of the practice manager to ensure staff are familiar with the contents.
An isolation room is available for patients who are thought to be contagious rather than using the main waiting room. Patients known to have MRSA will be treated at the end of a nurse clinic list so that the room can be appropriately cleaned after the consultation. There have been no reported cases of MRSA acquired in the Practice.
Review date July 2017. Responsibility for Review The Practice Manager & IC Lead Nurse are responsible for reviewing the Statement