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Statement on Infection Control



This statement regarding infection control updated annually.


It will summarise:

    • Any infection transmission incidents and action taken (these will be reported in accordance with our Significant Event procedure

    • The annual infection control audit summary and actions undertaken

    • Details of staff training (both as part of induction and annual training) with regards to infection prevention & control

    • Details of infection control advise to patients

    • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines.




The Symons Medical Centre Lead for Infection Prevention /Control is D Coppin (RN).

The team updates infection prevention & control practices and shares necessary information with staff and patients throughout the year.


Significant events:


In the past year todate (Nov 2016-Nov 2017) there have been 0 significant events that related to infection prevention & control.



An infected control audit was completed in November 2017 and the results (with areas for improvement) are currently being reviewed.


Staff training:

1 new staff member joined this surgery in the past 12-months and has received infection control and hand-washing training.

86% of the Practice Clinical staff completed their annual infection prevention & control update as of Nov 3rd 2017.

The Infection Control Lead is due to attend an update for their role provided by Michaela Hooper (the Infection Prevention & Control Nurse for Berkshire West CCGs) as per scheduling commitments.

Infection Control Advice to Patients:

Patients are encouraged to use the alcohol hand gel/sanitiser dispensers that are available in the Medical Centre/Surgery.

There are electronic messages available in the surgery on:


Chickenpox & shingles                      


The importance of immunisations (e.g. in childhood and in preparation for overseas travel)

Policies, procedures and guidelines.


Documents related to infection prevention & control are reviewed in line with national and local guidance changes and are updated 2-yearly (or sooner in the event on new guidance).

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