At The Christie we are committed to putting patients at the heart of everything we do and keeping you safe from infection.
We have very small numbers of infection and we do this by:
- We screen 100% of patients coming in to stay in the hospital for MRSA (a type of antibiotic resistant 'bug')
- For patients who are an emergency admission we provide antibacterial therapy to provide protection against 'bugs'
Read our infection rates for 2014/2015
- We had zero cases of MRSA Bacteraemia
- We had 19 cases of Clostridium difficile none of these cases were as a result of being passed from patient to patient
- We have never had an outbreak of the 'winter vomiting bug'
- We closely monitor the use of antibiotics - to ensure against overuse whilst recognising we need the lifesaving antibiotics to treat the side effects of chemotherapy
Our core team is comprised of;
- Nurses: is led by a lead Nurse and supported by two specialist nurses
- Doctors: a consultant microbiologist and consultant virologist
- Matrons: who lead on infection prevention and control as part of their daily rounds
Jackie Bird, Executive Director of Nursing & Quality, is the Director of Infection Prevention & Control.
We have a very high levels of cleanliness in the hospital.
Our domestics and housekeepers are a very important part of our infection prevention and control team and pride themselves with ensuring high standards of cleanliness in wards and clinical departments.
One of our patients has said:
Overall, staff were very kind and caring. Standards of cleanliness were very high.
We encourage all our patients to ask their doctor, nurse or carer if they have washed their hands.
We continuously monitor our staff for their hand washing practices and we regularly score 100% on hand washing audits.
All staff, patients and visitors have access to alcohol hand gel at the entrance to the hospital and into each ward and clinical department.