Providing high quality services in a safe and clean environment is our number one priority, therefore infection prevention and control maintains a high profile with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The nature of hospitals, where there are many sick people in close proximity inevitably increases the risk of infection.
The Trust takes healthcare associated infections very seriously and a huge amount of work is done across the Trust’s hospitals in a bid to reduce the number of these infections amongst our patient groups.
Initiatives include deep cleans, mandatory training for all staff around infection prevention and control and improving specific antibiotic prescribing.
Alcohol hand rubs are available at the entrance to each ward and department across all our hospital sites. Information and advice is also displayed in these locations and within the wards and departments to ensure individuals understand the importance of correct and appropriate hand decontamination.
Visitors are encouraged by ward staff to wash their hands on entering and leaving the patient’s room or bedside and are asked not to sit on patients beds when visiting.
Members of the public are also advised not to visit patients in the hospital if they are unwell themselves.
It is important that all persons within a hospital, not just staff undertake appropriate effective hand hygiene.
The Trust’s rates of MRSA and Clostridium difficile continue to compare favourably with those of many similar hospitals in England and Wales however we cannot afford to be complacent as bacteria like to survive and adapt to fight off the effects of antibiotics resulting in antibiotic resistance.
The infection control team works with healthcare staff both within the organisation and across boundaries to ensure that our annual programme of work is actioned, reviewed and updated to ensure that we all work to objectives aimed at minimising and controlling infection.
Cleaning hands is one of the simplest, and most effective ways to prevent bacteria (germs) being passed from person to person.
All staff, patients and visitors should clean their hands on a regular basis.
Staff can help protect you by washing their hands or by cleaning them with the alcohol hand rub before examining you or providing care. If a member of staff needs to examine you, do not be afraid to ask if they have cleaned their hands.
Patients and visitors are also welcome to use the alcohol hand rub to clean their hands before and after entering a clinical area.
You should wash i.e with soap and water, your hands:
- After visiting the toilet or using a commode
- Before eating or handling food
- If your hands are dirty
- Before visiting a patient and again before leaving the ward.
- In cases of C.diff or norovirus
All staff should clean their hands before and after they have direct contact with you.
From October right through until March, the Trust offers free vaccinations against the flu to all frontline ULHT workers.
Since the programme began back in 2002, our vaccinations rates have risen year on year and last year we were delighted to see 85% of staff receive their flu jabs – the highest we have achieved to date.
This year we are aiming to achieve an even higher percentage, to ensure that our staff remain as healthy as possible at work, which in turn will help protect all our patients and their families.
Director of Infection Prevention and Control Annual Report 2018-19
How we are performing 2018-2019
Annual objective – zero tolerance
Current performance – 3
Annual objective – 58
Current performance – 57
How we performed 2017/2018
Annual objective – zero tolerance
Performance – 2
Annual objective – 59
Performance – 69