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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 18 June 2014
Date of Publication: 24 July 2014
Inspection Report published 24 July 2014 PDF

People should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection (outcome 8)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Providers of services comply with the requirements of regulation 12, with regard to the Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance.

How this check was done

We carried out a visit on 18 June 2014, observed how people were being cared for, talked with people who use the service and talked with carers and / or family members. We talked with staff and reviewed information given to us by the provider.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed. People were cared for in a clean, hygienic environment.

Reasons for our judgement

The registered manager was the infection control lead at College Green Rest Home and had the responsibility for ensuring infection control practices were being implemented effectively. We walked around the home, which included the bedrooms and bathrooms and found the environment to be visibly clean and in a good state of repair. On the day of our inspection, we saw one of the domestic staff was on duty. We were told staff members took turns to undertake cleaning duties and someone was on duty seven days a week. One staff member told us, "We do a deep-clean of the home every Tuesday so all carpets, curtains and window blinds are cleaned around the home." This helped ensure people who used the service were living in a clean and hygienic environment.

We looked at the laundry during our inspection and noted it was clean and tidy. A sluice room was available for any pre-washing of any soiled items, for example bed linen. Clean clothes were kept in a different area of the laundry away from any dirty clothes which reduced the risk of any cross-contamination. We also viewed the store room and saw a good stock of cleaning materials were kept, which included different coloured cloths and mops. These were used appropriately, depending on what and where was being cleaned. We asked several staff members what would happen if there was an infectious outbreak in the home and they all explained the procedure to be followed which was in line with the provider`s policy. We also checked the kitchen area which was clean and tidy. We looked at several food items in the store and in fridges and observed they were all within their use by dates. The temperatures of fridges were taken and recorded on a daily basis in line with requirements.

We saw staff members undertaking good infection control procedures which included wearing aprons at lunch time when serving food. The risk of cross-infection was further minimised by the provision of hand washing facilities around the rest home, for example in bathrooms and toilets. This included hand wash liquid and disposable paper towels. Effective hand washing procedures were also on display in various parts of the rest home. We saw the training matrix and observed that all staff members had undergone the required training related to infection control procedures. This helped ensure people who used the service were not subjected to any risk of infection.