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Infection Prevention & Control

Helping to Prevent the Spread of Infection

Hand Washing

Introduction

Hospital acquired infections and cleanliness are key concerns for patients and the public and therefore are priorities for the Trust. With thousands of patients and visitors walking through the doors of our hospital last year, maintaining a clean and safe enviornment is a challenge, particularly as many of our services are housed in older buildings. Despite such difficulties, staff have made big efforts to improve cleanliness and compliance with infection control measures.

Hospital cleanliness and reducing healthcare associated infections are our highest priorities.

We are working very hard to ensure we reduce our rates of infections (such as Clostridium difficile and MRSA) and have an established Infection Control department who advise staff at all levels how to prevent and reduce cross-infection in the hospital.

Clostridium difficile & MRSA Graphs

C Diff

MRSA

Together We Can Fight Infection Leaflet

To prevent the spread of norovirus (Winter vomiting virus) please do not visit the hospital if you have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting within the past 48 hours.

Hand Hygiene

In addition to our normal infection control procedures and high standard of cleanliness, Bedford Hospital has a set procedure for caring for the patient but also preventing the spread of infection once it is identified on a ward.

Our procedure will vary depending on the nature of the infection but generally involves isolating the patient with the infection and thoroughly cleaning the affected area.

The Five Moments of Hand Hygeine

Five Moments

Team

The Infection Prevention & Control Team covers the hospital and is involved in:

  • Policy development and implementation to prevent and control infection
  • Undertaking surveillance
  • Audit and root cause analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Education of patients and staff

    The Infection Prevention & Control Team is a dedicated department with the responsibility for advising and educating staff at all levels on how to prevent and reduce cross-infection in the hospital.

    The department is also largely responsible for advising the hospital when an infection outbreak occurs on a ward.

    The team consists of:

  • A Director of Infection Prevention & Control
  • An Infection Control Doctor
  • An Antimicrobials Pharmacist
  • A Lead Nurse in Infection Control
  • Infection Control Nurses
  • An Infection Control Nursing Service Administrator

    The Infection Control Nursing Team can be contacted on:
    01234 795848.

    Infection Prevention & Control is everybody’s business from staff, patients and visitors and we can only achieve our goals of reducing risks associated with healthcare infeciton and improving patient care and their experiences.

    Bedford Hospital has approximately 130 Domestic staff who provide a cleaning service for wards, clinical areas, offices, laboratories and public areas. All staff receive infection control training in addition to cleaning skills and procedure training.

    Some staff are also qualified or are working towards NVQ Level 2 in Cleaning & Support Services.

    If you have a comment about the standard of cleaning on our wards or would like more information, please initially contact the Ward Manager.

    Some staff are also qualified or are working towards NVQ Level 2 in Cleaning & Support Services.

    If you have a comment about the standard of cleaning on our wards or would like more information, please initially contact the Ward Manager.

    Information Leaflets

    Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
    MRSA
    Norovirus
    ESBL Producing Organisms
    Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae – I Am Colonised
    Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae – I May Be A Carrier
    Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae – I Am A Contact