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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 1 May 2013
Date of Publication: 25 May 2013
Inspection Report published 25 May 2013 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 looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 1 May 2013, 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

People told us that the staff were careful to wash their hands prior to care and that the centre was clean. There were protocols for staff to follow if a person had an infection.

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection. Infection control policies and procedures were available on the provider’s intranet to guide staff. Expert infection control advice was available from specialists at the nearby Harley Street Clinic. Clinical staff confirmed that they had received infection control training.

The provider had contracts for the appropriate disposal of clinical waste and sharp items. We saw that clinical waste was stored and disposed of safely. Each clinical area had a cleaning schedule and practitioners were responsible for maintaining clean and hygienic surfaces and equipment. The centre was cleaned daily. We saw that the centre was clean and well maintained on the day of our visit.

All instruments used in the centre were single use and were not reused so that no decontamination of instruments was required. We saw that staff wore appropriate protective items, such as gloves and aprons, when needed. There were hand washing facilities in each clinical area.