Infection Control at The Lister Hospital

Infection control

At The Lister Hospital, our priority is to minimise the risk of hospital-acquired infections, including MRSA, for each patient. This is achieved through continuous vigilance, robust infection surveillance systems, an extensive in-house audit programme, and the ongoing training of staff at all levels to ensure that the highest standards of cleanliness and safety are met and maintained in line with the requirements of the Care Quality Commission. Our infection control procedures are supervised and reinforced by our experienced and dedicated infection control nurse and Consultant Infection Control doctor, with dedicated link practitioners in each department.

All patients admitted to The Lister Hospital, including day cases, are screened for MRSA. If the patient is carrying MRSA, their procedure may be deferred or otherwise they will be nursed in strict isolation to reduce the possibility of transmission to healthcare staff or other patients.

At The Lister Hospital we offer single patient rooms to further reduce the risk of MRSA transmission.

 This commitment to the highest quality standard has successfully kept the rate of MRSA infections at very low levels. Almost all of our occurrences of MRSA are imported and contained. Secondary spread is very unusual. The HCA Quality Report highlights that a patient is six times less likely to contract MRSA in an HCA hospital.

Other factors that contribute to our high quality record include:

  • Individual rooms with private en suite facilities for all patients before and after any treatment or operation, unless the specialist resources of high dependency or intensive care are necessary
  • High nurse to patient ratios, increasing the time available for individual attention and ensuring the highest quality of care and hygiene
  • On-site cleaning staff who work to high specifications of hygiene and cleanliness, available 24 hours every day to respond to any need that may arise
  • A rapid and comprehensive room cleaning regime between the discharge of one patient and the admission of the next. View our Infection Control leaflets
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