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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 4 February 2013
Date of Publication: 26 February 2013
Inspection Report published 26 February 2013 PDF | 82.07 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 4 February 2013 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

We looked around the clinic and found that it was clean and tidy. In the consultation room was a hand washing guidance poster which was displayed next to the stainless steel sink and hand wash and paper towels were available. The only person who would use this facility would be the provider, who is also the Cosmetic Surgeon for the practice. Cleaning schedules were in place for each room and we could see that the provider had signed these checks once cleaning had been satisfactorily completed.

There was a small treatment room, primarily used for non surgical procedures such as botox treatments. Sharps such as needles used during this type of treatment were single use which meant that equipment was used once then disposed of. We also saw that sterilised tweezers were single use only and again, following treatment, were disposed of. This indicated that people were treated with equipment that was free from the risk of infection or cross infection. We saw equipment was handled in an appropriate manner and then disposed of in a separate sharps bin.

We saw sharps waste and clinical waste was separated, handled and disposed of in line with best practice guidance. A contract was in place with an approved company for the collection of sharps and clinical waste.

A range of policies and procedures were in place in relation to infection control which gave staff clear instructions as to the expected standards of practice within the clinic. We saw that a full infection control audit of the clinic had been conducted by a professional company that specifically provided support for medical professionals and surgeries. We also saw that the provider carried out a monthly audit of cleanliness and infection control throughout the clinic.