Infection Control Annual Statement
This annual statement will be generated each year in April in accordance with the requirements of
The Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and
related guidance. It summarises:
Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been reported in
accordance with our Significant Event procedure)
Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions undertaken
Details of any risk assessments undertaken for prevention and control of infection
Details of staff training
Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Lead
The New Milton Health Centre has one Lead for Infection Prevention and Control: Dr Annie Rutherford, GP partner.
The IPC Lead is supported by: Sister Sandy Whitlock, Lead Nurse
Lead practice nurse has attended an IPC Lead training course in 2013 and keeps updated on infection
prevention practice annually.
Infection transmission incidents (Significant Events)
Significant events (which may involve examples of good practice as well as challenging events) are investigated in
detail to see what can be learnt and to indicate changes that might lead to future improvements.
All significant events are reviewed in the monthly practice partner meetings and learning is cascaded
to all relevant staff. In the past year there have been no significant events related to infection control.
Infection Prevention Audit and Actions
The Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit was completed by Sandy Whitlock in May
As a result of the audit, the following things have been changed in New Milton Health
Clinical Waste bins labelled
General waste bins replaced in clinical rooms and labelled
An audit on Minor Surgery was undertaken by Clare Donnelly in April 2016.
No infections were reported for patients who had had minor surgery at the New Milton Health
An audit on hand washing will be undertaken in August.
The New Milton Health have undertaken the following audits during the year.
Annual Infection Prevention and Control audit
Minor Surgery outcomes audit
Domestic Cleaning audit
Hand hygiene audit
Risk assessments are carried out so that best practice can be established and then followed.
In the last year the following risk assessments were carried out / reviewed:
Legionella (Water) Risk Assessment: The practice has conducted its water safety risk assessment to
ensure that the water supply does not pose a risk to patients, visitors or staff.
Immunisation: As a practice we ensure that all of our clinical staff are up to date with their Hepatitis B
immunisations and offered any occupational health vaccinations applicable to their role (i.e. MMR, Seasonal Flu).
We take part in the National Immunisation campaigns for patients and offer vaccinations in house and
via home visits to our patient population.
Curtains: The NHS Cleaning Specifications state the curtains should be cleaned or if using disposable curtains,
replaced every 6 months. To this effect we use disposable curtains in our clinical rooms and ensure they are
changed every 6 months. The windows blinds are very low risk and therefore do not require a particular
cleaning regime other than regular vacuuming to prevent build-up of dust. The modesty curtains although
handled by clinicians are never handled by patients and clinicians have been reminded to always remove gloves
and clean hands after an examination and before touching the curtains. All curtains are regularly reviewed and
changed if visibly soiled. The few remaining cloth curtains are laundered 6 monthly.
Toys: NHS Cleaning Specifications recommend that all toys are cleaned regularly and we therefore provide
only wipeable toys in waiting / consultation rooms.
Cleaning specifications. Our cleaning specification and frequency are listed in our Infection Control Policy which
our cleaners and staff work to. We have several cleaning schedules which the staff and cleaning staff follow.
An assessment of cleanliness is conducted by the cleaning team and logged. This includes all aspects in the
surgery including cleanliness of equipment.
Hand washing sinks: The practice has clinical hand washing sinks in every room for staff to use.
Some of our sinks do not meet the latest standards for sinks but we have removed plugs, covered overflows
and reminded staff to turn off taps that are not ‘hands free’ with paper towels to keep patients safe.
We have also replaced our liquid soap with wall mounted soap dispensers to ensure cleanliness.
All our staff receive annual training in infection prevention and control.
Both face to face and on-line training is available to all staff and GP’s within the practice.
Sister Sandy Whitlock has undertaken specialist training in infection prevention and control.
Dr. Karen Bentley has undertaken specialist training in Minor Surgery and joint injections
Dr. Will Howard has undertaken specialist training in joint injections
Dr. Paul Campbell has undertaken specialist training in joint injections
Dr. Bridget Cracknell and Dr. Dominique O’Carroll-Bailey have undertaken specialist training in IUD implants.
All Infection Prevention and Control related policies are in date for this year.
Policies relating to Infection Prevention and Control are available to all staff and are reviewed and updated
bi-annually, and all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice, guidance and legislation changes.
Infection Control policies are circulated amongst staff for reading and discussed at meetings on an annual basis.
It is the responsibility of each individual to be familiar with this Statement and their roles and responsibilities
Responsibility for Review
The Infection Prevention and Control Lead and the Practice Manager are responsible for reviewing and producing
the Annual Statement.
Mrs Ceri Olsen
For and on behalf of the New Milton Health Centre