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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 21 February 2013
Date of Publication: 13 March 2013
Inspection Report published 13 March 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 21 February 2013, talked with carers and / or family members and received feedback from people using comment cards.

Our judgement

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

Reasons for our judgement

There were effective systems in place to reduce the risk and spread of infection.

Our first impression was the surgery was absolutely spotless. We asked a patient who visited the surgery before if that had been the case in the past. The patient told us, "the surgery is even cleaner then it was in the past."

The surgeon explained the cleaning and sterilisation procedure of surgical instruments. The service complied with The Medical Devices Regulations 2002, and ensured that all reusable equipment was cleaned and sterilised appropriately to minimise the infection risk to patients. The autoclave had been serviced in December 2012. A service contract was in place, which ensured regular servicing was carried out. The surgical area was cleaned after every patient using a suitable disinfectant and more thorough cleaning was undertaken at the end of the day. Records and information of what and how everything had to be cleaned was available.

Body fluids and sharps were disposed of appropriately and suitable protective clothing was available and worn by surgery staff and the surgeon.

Comments made on the surgery’s website in regards to cleanliness was always positive. One comment to summarise our findings, "the clinic itself is very clean and the staff very friendly and organised."