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Hospital infection control team nominated for top award

Published 09/08/2013

Healthcare teams at Derby Hospitals are celebrating after being nominated for a prestigious national award for their work in preventing infections.

The Trust’s innovative ‘Infection Control Accreditation Programme’ has been shortlisted in the Infection Prevention & Control category in the Nursing Times awards for 2013.

“Keeping our patients safe and free from infection is a major priority for us” says Derby Hospitals Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield. “We take infection prevention, delivering clean and safe care, very seriously. We’re delighted to have been nominated for this national award which recognises the hard work of our infection control teams. Patients can be assured that in Derby we’re doing all we can to reduce the risk of infection.”

Over the past 4 years the Trust has achieved a 30% reduction in the number of healthcare acquired infections.

The Infection Control Accreditation Programme has been introduced at both the Royal Derby and London Road hospitals. The programme sets standards for infection prevention and control in wards and outpatient areas.

The latest area to successfully complete the programme is Ward 204 at the Royal Derby Hospital. “We’ve all been working hard towards this and it’s involved everyone on our ward. The programme has changed the way in which we work. All our staff are now especially aware of the importance of infection control measures, from simple things like washing of hands to more complex nursing methods such as barrier nursing” explains the ward’s infection control champion charge nurse Steven Steadman.

Visitors to both hospitals can help by washing their hands with soap and water, and cleaning their hands with the disinfecting foam before entering and when leaving wards. Visitors should also remember not to visit if they feel unwell or have an illness such as a heavy cold, vomiting or diarrhoea.







For further information, please contact:

Amanda Wells
Communications and Media Manager
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
01332 786947
07799 337677

Last Modified 09/08/2013