Lynton Health Centre,
Infection Control Annual Statement 2020-2021
This annual statement will be generated each year. It will summarise:
- Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been reported in accordance with our Significant Event procedure)
- Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions taken
- Details of any control risk assessments undertaken
- Details of staff training
- Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines
Lynton Health Centre has one lead for Infection, Prevention and Control, Clare Hartgen and she is supported by Dr Glen Allaway
The IPC lead keeps updated on infection control and shares necessary information with the team at practice meetings.
In the past year there have been no significant events raised that relating to infection control.
New controls have been introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and follow the guidelines issued by Public Health England.
Risk assessments are carried out on an annual basis following best practice.
Toys, books and magazines
We have now removed these from our waiting room areas.
The surgery has various blinds both at the windows and in consulting rooms. All blinds to windows are cleaned as per NHS cleaning specifications. Modesty curtains in treatment rooms are disposable and changed every 6 months as per best practice guidelines.
Legionella (Water) Risk Assessment
The practice conducts monthly water safety checks to ensure that the water supply does not pose a risk to patients, visitors or staff.
All staff, clinical and non-clinical, have completed annual training workbooks and had 'Hand Washing' Audits undertaken. New members of staff will be required to complete this during their induction period. Next date for the annual staff review will be October 2021.
Hand gel has been made available on entry to the practice for patients to use on entry and exit from the building. We have also introduced hand gel dispensers in non-clinical areas for all staff to use whilst on breaks or moving around the building.
Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
All policies are formally reviewed annually; however all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice changes or needs arise.
Updated by Clare Hartgen 01.10.2020