What are we doing as an Organisation
'Clean Your Hands' Campaign
We are actively taking part in the Government's
'Clean Your Hands' Campaign and are currently in the second year of
the campaign. This involves:
- Removing the practical barriers faced by
staff maintaining a supply of alcohol gel throughout all clinical
areas so that hand hygiene can happen immediately before any direct
- Using highly visible posters to raise
awareness of the importance of good hand hygiene amongst staff,
patients and visitors
- Encouraging patients and visitors to
challenge staff if they feel that we need reminding
We carry out regular hand washing audits on the wards to assess
whether staff and visitors are following Trust guidelines and
washing their hands or using the alcohol gel when they should. We
also maintain an annual programme of audit of the ward
environmental utilising the Department of Health approved Infection Control
Nurses Association (ICNA)
The Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) carries out
inspections across the National Health Service looking at a range
of environmental factors from general cleanliness and upkeep to
clear signage and quality patient food.
The PEAT inspectors look at the following
areas: entrances and main reception areas, ward areas, internal
decoration, furniture, toilets and bathrooms, linen, parent's
accommodation and car-parking.
In each area they are looking at the level of
cleanliness and standard of general tidiness and presentation of
both the hospital and staff.
They also look at the quality of food, the meal
service and the privacy and dignity of patients.
We provide training to staff on hand
washing and the principles of infection prevention and control
annually through the Trust's Mandatory staff training programmes.
An introduction to Infection Control is also included in the
Trust's Induction which all staff employed by the Trust must attend
before starting in their new post. At present we are well on course
on meeting our targets for staff training this year.
We test patients for MRSA who are
transferred from other hospitals and who have been in hospital any
time during the last six months. We also test patients
admitted to certain outpatient pre-admission clinics prior to some
elective surgery and are planning to extend this to cover other
groups of patients in both the adult and paediatric areas.
We isolate in cubicles/siderooms where possible patients with
infections, for example, MRSA and Clostridium difficile in the
adult wards and Respiratory Syncitial Virus (RSV) and Chickenpox in
paediatrics to prevent the spread to other patients. We could also
put patients with the same infection together in bays should the
'Barrier nursing' patients with infections includes carrying out
certain precautions to prevent the spread of infection to others.
This means that the medical and nursing staff will wear a
disposable apron and disposable gloves when treating patients with
infections. However, s taff should also be using aprons and gloves
as 'personal protection' when they are carrying out certain
procedures like changing dressings, changing nappies or giving
direct patient care - this protects them, their uniforms and
We are working hard to ensure that all staff
adhere to the revised Uniform Policy, which states that uniforms
should be covered when staff are not in the hospital and theatre
staff must change when they leave the operating theatre area. Wrist
watches, bracelets, false nails, rings (except wedding band) are
not permitted to be worn whilst in uniform as it has been proved
that effective hand decontamination can not be achieved wearing