Infection Control Statement

We aim to keep our surgery clean and tidy and offer a safe environment to our patients and staff. We are proud of our practice and endeavour to keep it clean and well maintained at all times.

Carol Swain, our practice nurse, is our infection control lead and attends annual update training.

If you have any concerns about cleanliness or infection control, please report these to our reception staff, infection control lead or practice manager Shelley O’Brien. You can contact the practice online by completing our online Contact the Practice form.

Our GPs and nursing staff follow our infection control policy to ensure the care we deliver and the equipment we use is safe.

We take additional measures to ensure we maintain the highest standards:

  • Encourage staff and patients to raise any issues or report any incidents relating to cleanliness and infection control. We can discuss these and identify improvements we can make to avoid any future problems.
  • Carry out an annual infection control audit to make sure our infection control procedures are working.
  • Provide annual staff updates and training on cleanliness and infection control
  • Review our policies and procedures to make sure they are adequate and meet national guidance.
  • Maintain the premises and equipment to a high standard within the available financial resources and ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to reduce or remove all infection risk.
  • Use washable or disposable materials for items such as couch rolls, modesty curtains, floor coverings, towels etc., and ensure that these are laundered, cleaned or changed frequently to minimise risk of infection.
  • Make alcohol hand rub gel available throughout the building.
  • The cleaning staff work to structured cleaning schedules and the daily cleaning of the practice is contracted to Cole Cleaning who follow national NHS guidance. Clinical staff are also responsible for the cleanliness of items used by them during and after their clinics.

The practice produces an annual infection protection and control statement in January each year. This includes a summary of:

  • The practice infection protection and control programme
  • The results of the annual practice infection control audit
  • The practice infection protection and control risk assessment
  • Staff roles and responsibilities
  • Current infection issues