Your surgery will be closed on Thursday 13th June form 12:30pm onwards for routine appointments. Your surgery is closed for routine appointments to enable your practice staff to attend an afternoon of education and training. If you need medical attention that afternoon and feel that your problem cannot wait until the following day or you cannot be helped by another community provider, for example your pharmacist, the local out of hours service, North Hampshire Urgent Care, will be providing medical care. You will need to call 111 (as you would out of hours at evenings and weekends) and they will involve NHUC if needed. Your surgery will be open for business as usual on Friday 14th June at 8:00am

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Infection Control Statement

PURPOSE

This annual statement, updated each year, will summarise the following:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will be recorded in accordance with our Significant Event procedure)
  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken, and any actions taken.
  • Details of infection control risk assessments
  • Staff training
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures, and guidelines.

BACKGROUND

Samantha Esper, Practice Nurse, was appointed to Whitewater Health in March 2023 and is the infection control lead. She is assisted in this role by Kirsten Lynch, Nurse Admin.

Samantha regularly attends IPC lead meetings hosted by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

In the last year there have been no significant events raised in relation to infection control issues.

AUDITS

  • Hand washing
  • Sharps bins
  • Waste management

INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES

Following the review of infection prevention and control practices the following actions have been taken:

  • Presentation of findings of sharps bin audit to clinical team
  • Regular meeting of IPC team
  • Waste audit

RISK ASSESSMENTS

Carpet in consulting rooms is to be replaced with hard flooring.

TRAINING

All our staff receive annual training in infection prevention and control.

  • All clinical and non-clinical staff have completed blue stream e-learning training,
  • IC lead attends quarterly IPC Lead Practice Nurse forums organised by Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICB

POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES

The following policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control were reviewed and updated as necessary:

  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Standard Infection, Prevention and Control Policy
  • Waste Management Policy
  • Hand Hygiene Policy

Samantha Espera- Infection Control Lead Nurse

Kirsten Lynch- Nurse Admin