Infection Control Policy- needlestick injury, human bites & spillages (blood, vomit, faeces, urine) etc

Practice Leads

  • Doctors: On-Call Doctor
  • Nurse: Melanie Greenwood & Zoe Booth
  • Admin: Chris Rushton & Pam Brown

Date Reviewed

6th July 2016

Date of Next Review

September 2017

In general, all staff need to observe the following

  • Please remember that patient and staff safety is EVERYONE'S responsibility.  So - report anything you think that is not clean, dangerous or risky to a senior member of staff (Practice Manager/Assistant Practice Manager in the first instance).
  • The spillage bucket is under the stairs store – this includes a mercury spill kit, body fluids/blood kit, anti bacterial spray and a steam mop.
  • Keep the building tidy.  This is also for fire risk reasons - the last thing we want is obstacles in the way.  If you see anything obstructing the fire exit, please remove it immediately and let the Practice Manager know.
  • Remember to wash your hands - it's one of the easiest ways to stop infections from spreading.   There are detailed guides on how to wash your hands properly in the toilets and in clinical areas.   Don't forget to use the antiseptic handwash gels provided throughout the building.
  • The Accident Book is kept in the post room - hanging from a hook on the end of the shelf.  This  book  is to be returned to that position and not removed from that room.  If you make an entry into it, please inform the Practice Manager the same or next working day.

'The Spillage Kit'

  • This is located in the cupboard under the stairs.   It consists of a black bucket, gloves, goggles, antiseptic granules and a steam mop.

Occupational Health

We now use Airedale Hospital's Occupational Health (not Bradford) for looking after our staff.  Airedale's Occ Health number is 01535-294401.

SPECIFIC INFECTION CONTROL PROTOCOLS

The following measures to be taken by all staff to limit the risks of infection from the following biological substances.  Each individual member of staff has personal responsibility for becoming familiar with these.

Ashcroft Surgery's commitment to you

Ashcroft Surgery is committed to lessoning the risk and so control of infection within the building and in relation to the clinical procedures carried out within it.   The practice will undertake to maintain the premises, equipment, drugs and procedures to the standards detailed below and will undertake to provide facilities and the financial resources to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce or remove all infection risk.  Wherever possible or practicable the practice will seek to use washable or disposable materials for items such as soft furnishings and consumables, e.g. seating materials, wall coverings including paint, bedding, couch rolls, modesty sheets, bed curtains, floor coverings, towels etc, and ensure that these are laundered, cleaned or changed frequently to minimise risk of infection.

More specifically, Ashcroft Surgery will do the following...

  • The surgery has a contact with a cleaning organisation to perform a general clean daily.
  • The couch curtains will be cleaned every 6 months.
  • The practice will recieve a deep clean every 6 months.
  • Infection Control training will take place for all staff on an annual basis and will include hand washing procedures.
  • Infection Control information will be included in new staff induction and thereafter in the practice's annual training process.
  • Hand washing posters will be displayed at each designated hand basin and gel point.
  • Random and unannounced infection control inspections by the above named staff will take place on a bi-yearly basis and any areas of concern reported to the doctors meeting for (any) remedial action.