New infection campaign launched at MK hospital

Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

A NEW campaign to keep infection rates low at Milton Keynes Hospital has been launched.

The ‘Don’t Infect – Protect’ campaign comes in the wake of a critical report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

In October, the commission revealed that they had found issues with staff not following Infection Prevention and Control procedures,

The new campaign will emphasise that the hospital has a zero tolerance stance towards staff not following its Infection Prevention and Control policies.

A range of posters and banners have been put up all around the hospital to reinforce key Infection Prevention and Control messages and reminding staff of the consequences for patients and the future of the hospital if they fail to comply.

The campaign has already been running for a month and in a recent survey of 100 staff, all of those questioned said they were aware of it.

Other responses included staff are cleaning their hands more, effectively using personal protective equipment (PPE) and challenging colleagues if they see them not following Infection Prevention and Control procedures.

Visitors are also asked to play their part in helping prevent the spread of infections by cleaning their hands with the sanitiser provided when they enter and leave a clinical area.

Medical director Martin Wetherill said: “Patient safety is of paramount importance to the Trust. Immediate action was taken to address compliance with Infection and Prevention and Control as soon as the Care Quality Commission made us aware of the issues.

“Staff at Milton Keynes Hospital are working hard to keep patients safe, the hospital clean and rates of infection low. I am pleased to see that we are making such positive progress within a short period of time.”

Rates of healthcare associated infection in the hospital are low, have declined year-on-year and compare well with the national average.

The Trust is in the top 20 poer cent best performing hospitals for Clostridium Difficile rates. The CQC also observed that the ward concerned in the latest inspection was clean and hygienic.