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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 21 January 2013
Date of Publication: 4 April 2013
Inspection Report published 4 April 2013 PDF | 87.42 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 21 January 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with carers and / or family members and talked with staff.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

Patients we spoke with who used the service said the wards were kept clean. During our inspection we saw the environment looked clean and was free from odours.

We saw at least three members of staff were on duty during our inspection who carried out domestic tasks. These people were positive about their role and added the ward staff were a ‘good team’ and that the hospital was a nice place to work.

We saw from the hospitals own audits carried out in 2010, 2011 and 2012 that positive comments were made by patients about the ward and staff. These included “very clean”, “every day they come in” and “very thorough and friendly too”. The hospital had infection control policies and procedures that were accessible to all staff. These were comprehensive and detailed and informed staff on the prevention and control of infection. We also saw additional information was available on the ward. For example there was a notice board that provided information on hand hygiene, cleaning of equipment and an audit recently carried out regarding the compliance of staff with the hand hygiene policy. This audit showed staff had achieved 100% effectiveness. Clear guidance was in place in the sluice for staff to refer to regarding the personal protective equipment available and necessary for certain tasks. For example when the staff carried out personal care or the cleaning of equipment.

We saw hand gel was available throughout the ward for staff, patients and visitors to the hospital. We observed two relatives used this gel on arrival. Hand washing facilities were available throughout the wards and departments, with liquid soap, antibacterial gels and paper hand towels. During our visit we saw staff routinely used these facilities before and following interactions with people who used the service. Guidance regarding hand washing and gel was in place throughout the hospital.

The matron confirmed the current and up to date guidelines from the Department of Health regarding infection control to provide guidance and direction for staff were available at the hospital.

We were told cleaning schedules and records were in place in each area of the ward. The domestic staff completed these each day to reflect the cleaning that had taken place in each area. We saw the cleaning schedules had been completed in the X-ray department.

The sluice area was clean, free from odours and the floors and walls were impermeable and hand washing facilities were in place. This assisted with the promotion and control of infection.