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The Hospital Infection Prevention and Control unit is comprised of a small group of professionals who work as part of the multi-disciplinary team providing specialist advice, guidance, support and education regarding infection control.

The service provided by the infection prevention and control team is available for all in-patients and out-patients who may need our advice and help.

The Hospital is part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Campaign

Hours of Operation

8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Monday to Friday

Services Offered

  • Education – to ensure staff are up to date with safe working practices
  • Audit – to monitor aspects of patient care and environmental standards
  • Surveillance – to monitor trends and feed this information back to the nurses and doctors to allow them to make clinical judgements on patient care including MRSA, clostridium difficile, bacteraemia, septicaemia and all other healthcare associated infections
  • Advice – to nurses, doctors, GPs and the public. The infection prevention and control nurses visit the wards on a daily basis to address infection prevention and control issues directly within the patient environment
  • Outbreak Management – if an outbreak occurs the team provides daily advice to manage the situation and to minimise disruption to essential services
  • Research – when products are developed which may benefit patients, trials are conducted. If the trials are favourable, the team can make business cases for integrating them into our care provision
  • Information – to ensure that the QEH’s infection control policies are in line with national guidance and international best practices and that information on common infections is available to patients, relatives and caregivers
  • Ensuring safe, clean working environments.
  • Manage potential risks from building works.
  • Organizing additional cleaning and decontamination of clinical areas/equipment as needed.

Information on Patient Safety

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Contact Precaution
  • Airborne precautions
  • Droplet precautions
  • Carbapenem Resistant Klebsiella
  • Pneumoniae (CRKP)
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus ( MRSA)
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