Infection Control

Level 4
Torbay Hospital
Lowes Bridge

Direct line contact numbers (8.30am to 5pm weekdays).

01803 655757 – Infection Control Support Department
01803 654990 – Consultant Microbiologist/Infection Control Doctor

The Infection Prevention and Control Team provides a broad range of specialist advice and services for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust staff.

Infection prevention and control – Sign up to Safety pledge:

  • We will continue to monitor and advise on Infection Prevention and Control to reduce the risks of patients developing healthcare acquired infections.
  • We will undertake investigations on patients that have developed infections ensuring that any learning is disseminated to the correct people and that we continue to learn and improve.
  • We will remain transparent and open with all members of the public, patients and staff by ensuring information is available on the website.
  • We will ensure that any learning or recommendations are available and shared.
  • We will support staff in a continuously busy environment to ensure that patient safety is sustainable by being pragmatic.

Infection prevention and control, MRSA, C diff and Norovirus

Staff continually perform infection prevention and control measures which help reduce the chances of infections such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C diff) and Norovirus spreading in the hospital.

This is supported by the World Health Organisation’s Five Moments for Hand Hygiene which informs staff when they should wash their hands.

All patients are given hand wipes to use before eating their meals and those patients who cannot get up to wash their hands after using the toilet / commode are also given antibacterial hand wipes.

All relatives, carers and visitors are asked to wash their hands on entering wards and to use the alcohol hand rub at the main entrance

The Department of Health (DOH) has set all trusts a target to see a year on year reduction in the number of patients getting clostridium difficile and MRSA bacteraemia. For the period April 2013 to March 2014 the target was a maximum of 18 for South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and 70 for Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust. The combined effort by all has meant that the entire Torbay area had lower than expected occurrences of C diff for this period.

During summer 2014 the Infection Prevention and Control Team worked with other staff members to deep clean all wards in line with the DOH recommendations. During this time we undertook essential maintenance work. The team will also be advising on infection control in any areas undergoing redevelopment such as the Intensive Care Unit.

To find out more about what hospitals are doing to reduce healthcare associated infections, read the Department of Health’s ‘Clean, Safe, Care’ policy.

MRSA & C diff videos

Former Department of Health Advisor on infections, Professor B Duerden, discusses MRSA and C diff on the following NHS Choices short films:

Monitoring patient care

As part of the Infection Prevention and Control Team’s day to day activity in reducing healthcare acquired infections, they undertake daily visits to the clinical areas advising on any infection control issues. Hand hygiene, urinary catheters and intravenous catheters are monitored for good practice on a monthly basis. The team also gives advice on a range of procedures such as the thorough cleaning and decontamination of ward equipment as well as sterile procedures in theatres and outbreak management.

Patient information leaflets

Should you have an infection, the following leaflets are available to give you information on the particular infection and how best to manage it.

TitleDate published
Blood borne virus testing5 May 2016
Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)24 Feb 2017
Clostridium Difficile Diarrhoea: The facts about29 Nov 2016
ESBLs9 Jan 2017
Face Mask Wearer, Information for21 Oct 2016
Facts about Glycopeptide Resistant Enterococci (GRE) Infection12 May 2015
Isolation: The facts about12 May 2015
MRSA screening for emergency admissions6 Jul 2015
MRSA Screening for planned admissions1 Aug 2016
MRSA: The facts about1 Aug 2016
Norovirus: The facts about1 Feb 2016
Panton Valente Leucocidin Staphylococcus aureus producers (PVLs): Patient information about26 Jan 2017
Seasonal Influenza 'flu' - Patient Information for areas affected by 'flu'5 Sep 2016
Staphylococcus aureus screening for planned admissions1 Aug 2016
Visiting our hospital for an Outpatient appointment23 Sep 2016
Your Intravenous Cannula (Venflon)20 Jan 2017

Clinical guidelines and protocols

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