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infection prevention and control

What are we doing to protect you?  

Infection prevention and control services are provided across the trust by a team consisting of infection prevention and control nurses and an infection control doctor supported by clerical staff. Patient safety is a high priority for the trust and infection prevention and control is one part of this. Our service aims to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infection to visitors, patients and staff of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust whether they are using our hospital services or our community services

The infection prevention and control team provide:

  • Advice about the prevention and management of infection to all trust staff. This includes the management of outbreaks of infection such as diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Advice and information to patients and carers
  • Education about infections and how to control and prevent them for all clinical staff
  • Policies, guidelines and protocols to ensure care is evidence based and high quality
  • Advice about building and refurbishment projects within the trust
  • Input into monitoring of environmental cleanliness, working closely with clinical matrons and patient representatives    


We have reduced the number of MRSA blood stream infections and for the last two years have achieved the target set for us by the Department of Health. We are working hard to reduce this even further to make sure that our patients receive clean safe care.

Clostridium difficile

We have achieved a significant reduction in the number of Clostridium difficile diarrhoea cases by working with our estates and domestic staff to carry out deep cleaning and introduce new cleaning technologies. Our antibiotic protocol has also been revised. Our aim is that patients receive the correct antibiotic for the appropriate length of time. 

Contact us

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Last updated on 28/01/2014 09:22:00