Whittington Health Cleanliness
“Our philosophy is simple - infection control is everyone’s business and maintaining a clean and safe hospital environment is a priority.”
We aim to make Whittington Health as clean and safe as possible for everyone and we want to make sure that we identify patients who come into hospital or our community sites with infections, give them the appropriate treatment, and prevent any other patient getting an infection whilst in our care.
Infection Prevention at the Whittington Video (2:06 minutes)
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Healthcare infections include the following:
Winter vomiting disease/norovirus – a viral infection that causes nausea, sickness and diarrhoea lasting normally from 24 - 60 hours.
VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus) – a bacterial infection that mainly affects the urinary tract and wounds but can also affect the bloodstream in very ill patients.
How are we doing?
The Whittington has a good record on controlling healthcare associated infections and we subscribe to all the national surveillance schemes, reporting important infections and comparing our rates to those of other NHS hospitals. In 2005, we were pleased to see that the hospital had one of the lowest rates for MRSA bloodstream infections in London.
Whilst we have a dedicated infection control team, we strongly believe that controlling healthcare associated infections is everyone’s business and maintaining a clean and safe hospital environment is a priority for all our staff.
We encourage and promote hand hygiene in staff, patient and visitors by subscribing to the national Clean Your Hands campaign and, in order to reduce further the rate of MRSA and other healthcare associated infections, we are in the process of implementing new national guidance.