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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS

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Infection prevention and control

Patient safety and reducing healthcare associated infection (HCAI) remains a priority for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

A range of measures have been introduced over recent years and as a result our HCAI rates have fallen significantly at Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital. The Trust has a Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) and an Infection prevention and control team who monitor rates of HCAI, oversee all aspects of infection prevention and provide training and education for all staff.

Other measures include:

  •  Ensuring all staff within our hospitals understand their responsibilities with regard to infection prevention
  •  A Uniform Policy & Dress Code for all staff who must be “bare below the elbow” when caring for patients
  •  Monitoring compliance with the hand hygiene policy
  •  Monitoring of environmental cleanliness
  • Trust Board receives updates on all infection control issues
  •  Commode audits
  •  Antibiotic audits
  •  MSSA blood stream infection investigation and reporting
  • Surgical site infection surveillance

What can I do to help?

Providing high-quality care to our patients is our top priority and it is very important to us that our patients receive their care in a safe and clean environment. You can help to do this by:

Infection Prevention Tips for patients and visitors

- Use the hand rub on entry and exit from a ward
- Follow instruction to wash hands in specific situations i.e outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis
- Don't visit if you feel unwell or have an infection - our patients are vulnerable
- If you have had diarrhoea and /or vomiting do not visit for 48 hours
- Do not sit/lie on beds
- Don't share patient toiletries or towels
- Do not touch wounds or medical equipment 
- Don't bring in food that needs reheating
- Use the public toilets when visiting - Ward toilets are for patients only
- Please don't bring flowers into the hospital, they look lovely, but they are a breeding ground for germs