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Infection, prevention and control

How we prevent and control infection

At Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust we are committed to reducing all infection.  We do this in a number of ways:


Specialist Infection Prevention and Control Team

We work in conjunction with Trust staff to deliver high standards of infection prevention and control as a multi-disciplinary team.

The team comprises of:

  • Director of Infection Prevention & Control

  • Lead Nurse Infection Prevention & Control

  • Infection Control Nurses

  • Access to Microbiologists

  • Data Manager and Secretary


Monitoring infection

The Trust monitors, reports and thoroughly investigates blood stream and C.difficile infections occurring a few days after admission.  The Infection Prevention and Control team regularly monitor results from the laboratory and advise staff on the best way to care for patients with transmissible infections.   This helps to ensure that infections do not spread.

How can visitors help reduce infection?

MRSA screening

In April 2009 we began testing most patients for MRSA on admission to a physical health or older persons mental health ward.   This enables us to provide the correct care and reduce the risk of spreading the bacteria to others.   If you are found to have the bacteria on your skin, this information will be shared with you.  If you have gone home, your GP will be informed.

Hospital cleaning

The Trust places great importance on providing a clean hospital and monitors standards on a daily basis.   The wards and patient rooms at Southern Health hospitals are cleaned on a daily basis.  if there are concerns that infection is present, there is a system of routine cleaning procedures in place, as well as periodic enhanced cleaning methods.

If you have any concerns about the cleanliness of the hospital either as a visitor or patient, please do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of the staff.

Hand washing

We have alcohol rub at entrances of the hospital and wards and also at the point of care, where it is safe to do so.  

Cleaning our hands is one of the most important things that we can all do to prevent infection

For more information on hand washing click here

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