Infection Prevention & Control
Our commitment to Infection Prevention & Control
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to the prevention of avoidable Healthcare Associated Infections. We have a comprehensive IPC programme and a dedicated Infection Prevention Team working alongside clinical staff; all of whom are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our patients.
- Treat patients in a clean and safe environment and minimise exposure to healthcare associated infections.
- Provide a well maintained, clean and safe environment using the most up to date cleaning methods and frequencies.
- Provide our staff with education and training to ensure that they are competent to ensure infection prevention is at the heart of what we do.
- Have matrons who are responsible for promoting a culture of cleanliness in their areas.
- Listen to the views of patients, their families and visitors about the standard of cleanliness and report and monitor how we are doing.
- Design any new facilities with ease of cleaning in mind.
Help us pull together to prevent infection
|Unwell, sickness or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours? Please don’t visit!|
|Report any concerns about cleanliness standards.|
|Use the hand gel provided before and after visiting a ward.|
|Sit on a chair and not the bed when visiting, and try not to visit in work clothes if you work in a dusty or dirty
|Do not touch drips, wounds or catheters.|
It's OK to Ask!
Effective hand hygiene is the single most important action staff can undertake to prevent the spread of germs that can cause healthcare associated infections. Our patients are welcome to ask staff caring for them to clean their hands using soap and water or the alcohol gel.
Remember - it’s OK to ask.
Concerns about cleanliness
If you have concerns about cleanliness or infection prevention you are encouraged to report these concerns to the nurse in charge or to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
Annual Infection Prevention & Control report 2019-20
MRSA bacteria are usually spread through skin-to-skin contact with someone who has an MRSA infection or has the bacteria living on their skin.
The bacteria can also be spread through contact with contaminated objects such towels, sheets, clothes, dressings, surfaces, door handles and floors.
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In line with Department of Health guidance, the Trust screens patients for elective (planned) surgery either in the pre-operative assessment clinic or on the ward prior to surgery. Patients admitted to our wards through emergency areas are similarly routinely screened for MRSA on admission.
Clostridioides difficile (C.diff)
We have made huge progress in controlling this superbug in the last five years, and the number of new cases per month is now very small. We control the use of antibiotics tightly (these are recognised to be probably the strongest factor in causing C.diff infection) and any patient with diarrhoea is speedily isolated, if possible within four hours. We have fast track cleaning teams who are trained to use additional cleaning methods to clean isolation rooms and ward bays used by infected patients.
If you are unfortunate enough to get C.diff, we will tell your GP so that (s)he will know how best to prevent your getting it again.
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This is the germ that causes infectious gastroenteritis in schools, nurseries, residential homes and hospitals usually during the winter. It is highly contagious. As soon as we have a confirmed case, we will warn visitors, staff and other patients; it is best not to visit the hospital at this time unless you must. Careful handwashing will help to protect you from infection.
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This infection tends to occur in epidemics in the winter. Usually, affected patients are elderly, but this isn't always the case. All people over the age of 65, and some younger people are eligible for free vaccination every Autumn, which will give you complete protection. At times of influenza epidemic, hospitals are under very great strain, so again visit only if absolutely necessary. Follow the Department of health advice to 'Catch it, bin it, kill it'.
Every year the Infection Prevention & Control team prepare hospital staff for the expected influenza epidemic with education sessions and training in the correct use of protective masks.
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Our focus remains on doing all we can to ensure patients are getting the safest experience we can provide, with as few delays as possible, and making sure that we get patients home, or to the place they call home, as effectively as we can. This is again highlighted this winter wiht our dedicated to staff getting their flu vaccination, with the strategy highlighted in this document document (19 KB)
Don't bring flu into hospital!
Flu causes a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and a sore throat. You can also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a cough.
Please do not attend A&E or visit family and friends in hospital if you are unwell with flu-like symptoms.
You should always contact 111 or your GP in the first instance to be advised further.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of influenza (flu) are an abrupt onset of fever, shivering, headache, muscle ache and dry cough. Most people confuse influenza with a heavy cold, however influenza is usually a more severe illness than the common cold, which is caused by other respiratory viruses such as rhinovirus.
Patients and visitors information leaflets
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) leaflets:
- If I have an infection – what does this mean?
- I am a contact of someone who is a carrier or has an infection – what does this mean?