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Infection Prevention and Control

Your wellbeing is our top priority and we want you to be safe when you visit one of our wards or clinics.

We have a Berkshire wide team dedicated to the prevention and control of infections to make sure you’re not put at risk.

Our team are focused on:

  • Monitoring specific organisms and conditions to create guidance for clinical staff
  • Investigating infection related incidents
  • Managing outbreaks in inpatient units
  • Managing seasonal related risks such as Norovirus
  • Developing evidence based policies and emergency planning
  • Training and guidance for all staff
  • Locally implementing and auditing national guidance or legislation
  • Collaborating with local and national organisations

You can contact our service at the following times:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm

You can help us prevent infections by following our guidance:

  • Clean your hands with soap and water after using the toilet, before meals or when handling food – even if your hands look clean, there may still be germs on them
  • Put rubbish in the bins provided
  • Don’t touch yours or anyone else’s wounds, dressings and medical equipment
  • Let staff know about any unclean areas or spillages so they can take appropriate action
  • Don’t be afraid to ask staff if they’ve cleaned their hands before provide you with care
  • Don’t visit relatives if you are feeling unwell or have flu-like symptoms, a heavy cold or diarrhoea and vomiting – make sure you’ve been free from symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting for 48 hours before visiting
  • If you’re feeling unwell and are concerned about attending a clinic appointment, call the department first to discuss this
  • If you’re receiving services in your own home and you, or a family member, are suffering from diarrhoea and/or vomiting or other infectious illness, please contact the service before we visit – this will help us plan our visits make sure the spread of infection is prevented

We have a number of information sheets to give you advice:

 

Leaflets to download