Infection control at Louth County Hospital

A WEEK long initiative is taking place to raise awareness of infection prevention among patients, visitors and staff at Louth County Hospital and other hospitals in Lincolnshire.

Infection Prevention and Control Week runs from December 12 to 16 and aims to highlight that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has a zero-tolerance approach to the spread of avoidable infections.

There will be display stands in place at Lincoln County Hospital, Grantham and District Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital and Louth County Hospital throughout the week that are open to both members of the public and staff to get information.

Representatives from companies such as BBraun, Daniels Healthcare and Vygon will be visiting at intervals during the week to discuss topics such as hand hygiene, sharps awareness, cannula and catheter care. Members of the ULHT Infection Prevention and Control Team will also be manning the various stands at different times throughout the week.

There will be information and displays on various topics, including MRSA, Clostridium difficile, E.coli and other organisms as well as hand hygiene, environmental cleanliness and various other topics.

David Levy, Medical Director, said: “It is important to us as a Trust that we provide the best information for our patients, visitors and staff about how to avoid infection. We have alcohol hand-gel dispensers in place around each hospital site for members of the public to use before entering and when exiting each of our ward areas.

“Simple steps such as washing your hands, throwing used tissues in the bin and covering your face when coughing or sneezing can make a big difference to those around you, who may be potentially vulnerable to catching preventable infections.”