Infection control

We take infection prevention and control very seriously. Find out what you can do to help.

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Although the risk of picking up an infection at our Trust is very low, some patients with serious mental health problems and learning disabilities can be more likely to have physical health problems than the general population, making them potentially more vulnerable to infection. 

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust takes preventing and controlling infections seriously.

Therefore, it's very important to us to protect you and your family from getting any infection during your stay in our hospitals, so we work hard to prevent, monitor and control the spread of infections. This includes screening (for example, taking swabs for MRSA) all patients that are transferred to us from other hospitals and care homes.

What you can do to help
Washing your hands properly and thoroughly is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection. You can help us by paying particular attention to washing your hands before and after visiting one of our hospitals or wards.

Hand gel is available at entrances to some wards for staff and visitors. In some areas this is not possible so staff may carry hand held gel or wipes.

If you find the hand gel, soap or paper towels have run out in any of our wards or buildings, please inform a member of staff.

At times, some wards may be affected by outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting such as norovirus, which are more common at certain times of year. In this situation, we may have to restrict visits to these areas to prevent further spread of infection, so please help us by checking with ward staff before visiting.

Remember that if you are suffering from a heavy cold, flu-like symptoms, vomiting or diarrhoea, you shouldn't visit our hospitals or wards. If you have diarrhoea or vomiting, you must not visit until you have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.
 
Involving our service users and carers 
We are very fortunate to have a fantastic team of service user and carer representatives from our Involvement Scheme, who work with our Infection Prevention and Control Team. This includes reviewing our information leaflets and policies around infection control to make sure they are clear and informative, as well as helping to develop training and education.

Some of our involvement scheme members have also been trained in helping us to do spot checks with our wards and services to ensure all areas are clean and that we are complying with infection prevention and control practices.

If you would like to get involved, please contact our Involvement Scheme team on 01925 664 057.

If you have any concerns about infection control or any questions that aren't answered within this page, please speak to the manager of the ward or service you or your relative is being treated by.

You can also contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) on 01925 664 450 or the Infection Prevention and Control Team directly on 01925 664 851.