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18 January 2008 at 10:41
An independent review body has said that Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is able to show that good infection control is an integral part of the way it operates.

The Healthcare Commission (HCC) is carrying out inspections at 120 Trusts to check compliance with the hygiene code. The visits are unannounced to allow assessment managers to see the hospital as a patient or visitor would see it.

On 21 August 2007, assessment managers from the HCC visited Southport & Formby District General Hospital and evaluated our compliance with the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections. They have now just published their report.

Skilled infection control team
The report says that the Trust has demonstrated it has resources, governance arrangements, and audit and monitoring systems in place for infection prevention and control. It goes on to say, “A skilled infection control team provides leadership and support within the Trust to ensure infection transmission risks are minimised.”

During the visit, we demonstrated the work we undertake to deliver our safe, clean and friendly strategy. This work has recently included the establishment of six isolation rooms to be used when an infection is suspected; the introduction of a new cleaning system using microfibre cloths and the installation of new hand hygiene stations in wards and departments. In addition we have introduced a programme to reduce clutter to create a clean and tidy environment. Finally, training on infection control is mandatory for all staff, not just clinical staff.

As a result, the report concluded that we have the necessary systems in place to help protect patients, the public and staff from healthcare-associated infections.

The Chairman of the Trust, Sir Ron Watson said, “I am extremely pleased with the very positive nature of this report as it recognises the very high priority that we give to the crucially important issue of infection control which is of such concern to our patients.”

Notes to Editors
The full Healthcare Commission Report can be seen here.

Picture shows some of the new microfibre cleaning trolleys when they were introduced.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714