Purpose

This annual statement will be generated each year.
It will summarise:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been reported in accordance with our Significant Event procedure)
  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken and changes in practice as required.
  • Details of infection control risk assessments undertaken.
  • Details of staff training.
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines

Background

Uppingham Surgery has one lead for Infection, Prevention and Control, our Practice Nurse Manager, Cheryl Swain, supported by Dr Anu Kalra, GP.

Cheryl keeps updated on infection control and shares necessary information with the team. She also provides a link between the practice and the ELR CCG lead for infection control.

There is annual infection control audit undertaken by Cheryl and the Practice Manager. Last audit done was done in February 2020 for Uppingham Surgery and all the branch surgeries.

All new staff have infection control training as part of their induction on joining the surgery. Annual update training for all staff is also undertaken.

All staff continually strive to ensure that Uppingham Surgery and its branch surgeries are in compliance with infection control policies and current legislation.

Extra Measures during COVID 19 Pandemic

During this Pandemic phase of COVID 19 we are instituting extra cleaning and infection control measures including; screening all patients for symptoms before or on arrival at the practice, wiping down the clinical desk, chair and couch and door handles in between all patients. We are also providing extra cleaning in the middle of the day and regular misting (where appropriate) of our premises.

Our team have all had handwashing training and have been provided with suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) for their role and exposure levels.

All appointments are strictly assessed and patients only invited to attend if they cannot be dealt with by telephone and have no Covid-19 symptoms in their household. They are requested to wear a mask and come alone (or with one parent if a child). Where possible we will try and deal with your problem via telephone or video call to save you having to leave your home.

Please do not be offended if we ask you not to attend the surgery, or ask you to leave the building, this is to protect our staff, our other patients and you! If our staff are exposed to this virus the surgery will have to close for cleaning and the staff exposed will have to go into isolation meaning we are unable to provide the usual healthcare services to our patients.

Significant Events
In the past year there have been no significant events relating to infection control.

Audits
Regular audits are carried out and a rolling refurbishment programme is in operation to ensure compliance with all standards

Policies and Procedures
These are reviewed and updated annually as required. All staff can access these via the practice internal website and GP Teamnet.

Thank you for your understanding at this critical time.

Dr Kalra Uppingham Surgery