Infection control

Infection control is of the utmost importance to all of us at The Foscote Hospital, to keep our patients safe and well at all times within our care. We are proud to say we have had zero cases of MRSA and Clostridium Difficile (C.Difficile) in the past 24 months. Our hospital takes every measure to ensure that any risk is minimised, from having a detailed infection control policy and strategy in place, through to extensive training, practical action and implementation.

For the past 24 months our infection rates are:

  • Zero cases of MRSA bacteraemia (NHS 1.17cases/100,000 bed days).
  • Zero cases MSSA bacteraemia cases
  • Zero cases E.coli bacteraemia cases
  • Zero cases of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)

What we do to achieve zero infection rates

The Foscote Hospital follows all Department of Health and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guidelines and strict procedures with regard to cleanliness throughout all areas of the hospital. This includes everything, from surgical equipment and operating theatres through to patient bedrooms and catering facilities.

Regular training and formal audits are carried out internally and we are required to report to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Public Health England.

We have an Infection Control Committee which meets every quarter, and our own consultant microbiologist, who regularly examines and tests the hospital facilities and equipment.

Other factors which help to contribute to our zero ratings of MRSA and C. Difficile are:

  • all of our inpatients are nursed in single occupancy, en-suite rooms which helps to reduce the risk of any infection
  • our small patient numbers and high nurse to patient ratio means that we are able to carefully monitor and ensure the health and wellbeing of each individual patient
  • all of our staff receive formal on-going training in infection prevention and hand hygiene
  • thorough daily cleaning of all our facilities by our dedicated housekeeping team.

As stated in our most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) report:

“Staff followed relevant infection control practices and all clinical areas were clean and tidy.”

In addition, all patients are given detailed verbal and written advice on post-operative wound care to minimise any risk of infection after they leave our hospital.

We are very proud of our achievements in infection control and continue to make every effort to ensure the safety and comfort of all our patients.