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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 15 October 2012
Date of Publication: 22 November 2012
Inspection Report published 22 November 2012 PDF | 81.12 KB

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 looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 15 October 2012, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected from the risk of infection because appropriate guidance had been followed.

Reasons for our judgement

We were taken on a tour of the premises and observed that all the rooms were clean and tidy. There were hand washing sinks in all treatment rooms and hand washing procedures were displayed above them.

We spoke with the person who took the lead on infection control and they demonstrated an awareness of their role and responsibilities in this area. They informed us that they attended regular meetings and shared new information and changes or updates with other staff at their own practice meetings. The infection control policy was displayed in all of the surgeries.

The practice manager told us that there was a uniform policy, which stated that clinical staff should change their clothes on the premises and not travel to work in their uniforms, or leave the premises in them, to minimise the risk of cross infection. We were told that this practice was strictly adhered to at all times.

We saw that protective clothing, such as aprons, masks and gloves, was worn by clinical staff when treating patients. Goggles and bibs were also supplied for patients’ use.

We were shown the decontamination room in which instruments were put through a rigorous cleaning cycle, at the end of which they were bagged, labelled and dated for future use. Dirty and clean areas were segregated and a magnifying glass was in place to examine instruments for any residue. Clear records of each cycle was maintained. We were told that the decontamination room was always manned by an allocated person and that each surgery was equipped with sterilised instrument kits on a daily basis.

We observed appropriate waste facilities for the disposal of needles and other clinical waste products within the surgeries. We were told that there was a contract with an outside agency for the safe disposal of clinical waste.

We were told that contract cleaners were employed by the practice, to carry out all the general cleaning duties.