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Prevention of infection 

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust takes the prevention and control of infection very seriously, and is committed to reducing healthcare associated infections.

Over the past few years, the Trust has adopted a range of proactive measures to prevent healthcare associated infections. These measures include:

  • Focusing on improving hand hygiene practices, by adopting national and local campaigns including visual prompts and hand hygiene stations prominently positioned at entrances to the clinical areas and wards.
  • Raising the profile of infection prevention and control throughout the Trust and at Board level.
  • Providing education and training on infection prevention and control, and hand hygiene.
  • Focussing on high standards of environmental cleanliness.
  • Screening of emergency and elective patients to protect against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
  • Robust antibiotic stewardship.

The Infection Prevention & Control Team

The Infection Prevention & Control Team consists of nursing staff and consultant microbiologists. The team is closely supported by the principal pharmacist, antimicrobial pharmacist, Laboratory and administrative staff.

The team provide clinical specialist advice and support on all aspects of infection prevention and control on a daily basis, and work with hospital staff to ensure infections identified in patients are assessed and managed effectively. The Infection Control Nurses provide education and training for all staff.

The team are involved in developing policies and guidelines, and ensuring they are implemented. This includes promoting the Trust’s antibiotic policies, ensuring prudent and sensible use of antibiotics.

The team can be contacted on 01722 429089 or via e-mail

Measures we are taking to prevent and control infection

  • Promoting high standards of hand hygiene –
    • Hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness within hospitals.
    • The Trust regularly audits compliance on every ward and clinical department.
    • Hand washing facilities are available in all clinical areas, and alcohol hand rub gel is available in all clinical areas at every bed space and treatment area.
    • This enables staff and visitors to clean their hands immediately before and after touching patients or their environment/surroundings. Evidence from the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) shows that this is more effective than having alcohol hand rub gel in other places e.g. main entrances.
    • If you find any hand cleaning supplies running low such as soap, alcohol hand rub or paper towels, then please let a member of staff know immediately so we can arrange for them to be refilled.
  • Raising the profile of infection prevention and control – The team has worked hard to raise the profile of this area within the Trust, and at Board level. This includes identifying any areas or risk and providing advice on actions required.
  • Staff education and training – New staff received infection prevention and control training on induction, and all staff receive regular reminders and updates on protecting staff, including educational campaigns.
  • Environmental cleanliness – Keeping the hospital clean
    • The Trust continually strives to achieve the highest consistent standards of cleanliness, ensuring a clean, safe environment for patients, visitors and staff.
    • You can expect your hospital environment to be clean and tidy, with wards and patients areas being cleaned on a daily basis.
    • There is a system of routine cleaning, as well as enhanced cleaning procedures if there are any concerns about particular infections being present.
    • Senior clinical nurses oversee the cleaning of clinical areas, and audits are carried out by the Housekeeping staff to ensure a high standard is maintained.
    • If you have any concerns about the cleanliness of the hospital, either as a visitor or patient, then please speak with the person in charge of that ward or department/area.
  • Screening for MRSA (statement of compliance) – In line with the current Department of Health recommendations, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust extended the MRSA screening programme to include emergency admissions as well as elective (pre-booked/planned) admissions. MRSA screening swabs are taken for emergency and elective admissions.
  • Antibiotics and treatment – The Trust has a dedicated principal pharmacist and antimicrobial pharmacist in antibiotic management. We use antibiotic therapy according to well established policies and guidelines – sometimes to prevent an infection (before and after some operations), and sometimes to treat a known infection.
  • Monitoring infections – On a daily basis, the infection prevention & control team monitor hospital admissions and the results from the Laboratory, and advise staff on the best way to care for patients. This helps to ensure that infections do not spread in the hospital. Surveillance is also undertaken and advice given on any identified trends.
  • Monitoring staff practice to prevent and control infections – We use observation of staff practice and audits to ensure infection prevention best practice guidelines and policies are being followed.
  • Learning from infection incidents and outbreaks – The Trust is committed to learning from incidents, ensuring that infection related incidents and outbreaks are fully investigated and actions put in place to ensure similar incidents do not happen again.
  • Research and innovations – The team support and initiate research and innovations in infection prevention and control.
  • Refurbishment and development works – The team provide appropriate infection control advice on any new developments or refurbishment works planned within the Trust.

How patients can help

Everyone has a role in preventing infection in hospitals. The following advice should be followed by patients whenever possible:

  • Please feel free to ask staff if they have cleaned their hands before they touch you.
  • Please report any cleaning problems to staff so we can correct them.
  • Please wash your hands after using the toilet or commode, or ask a nurse for help.
  • Please clean your hands before eating, or ask a nurse for help.
  • Please do not touch your wounds or drains without guidance from staff and without cleaning your hands before and afterwards.
  • Please do not touch other patients or their belongings without cleaning your hands before and afterwards.
  • Keep your bed area as tidy and clutter free as you can to make it easier to clean thoroughly.
  • Do not visit the hospital if you have had any flu-like symptoms or diarrhoea and/or vomiting within the last 48 hours.

Patient information leaflets

Can be found here

Other useful information is available from the following:

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