Infection Control

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust take infection prevention and control extremely seriously working hard to reduce as far as is possible the risk to patients we care for. Clinical practice is continually monitored as are the standards of environmental maintenance and cleaning.

Infection prevention and control services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of nurse specialists and consultant medical microbiologists. The Microbiology department supports the service by providing technical expertise. The team provides expert advice to all grades of staff on the prevention of health care associated infections, management of infected patients and other infection prevention and control concerns. 

Our aim is to ensure that patients do not acquire infection whilst in our care. The risk of infection to patients, staff and visitors is minimised through a range of prevention and control processes. The team in association with senior nurses and matrons closely monitor infection rates and undertake audits to maintain consistently high standards. 

Things that you can do to help us:

 If you are going to be admitted or are an in patient

Please tell us if you have recently had an infection caused by MRSA or Clostridium difficile or experienced recent diarrhoea and/or vomiting

Make sure that you always wash your hands after using the toilet. If you use a commode, ask for a bowl of water to wash your hands or use a moist hand-wipe afterwards.

Clean your hands immediately before you eat a meal.

Try to keep the top of your locker and bed-table reasonably free from clutter as too many things make it more difficult for staff to clean properly.

If you visit the bathroom or toilet and you are concerned that it does not look clean, report this immediately to the nurse in charge

Your bed area should be cleaned regularly. If you see something that has been missed during cleaning, report it to the nurse in charge who will arrange for it to be cleaned. 

If a member of staff needs to examine you or perform a procedure, do not be afraid to ask if they have first washed their hands or used the hand sanitiser. 

If you are visiting use the hand hygiene facilities provided at the entrances to wards both before entering and when leaving the area.

Pay attention to advice given if visiting patients who are being isolated.

Please do not come to the hospital if you are unwell yourself for example with diarrhoea and or vomiting. Leave a period of 48 hours after all symptoms cease before visiting.

Limit the amount of visitors to two people at any time.

If you see something that has been missed during cleaning, report it to the nurse in charge.

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