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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 patient contact
  • 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.

Staff training

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 need arise.

Standard precautions 

'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 you.

Uniform Policy 

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 these items.