Infection prevention and control – keeping our patients safe
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, infection prevention and control measures were paramount.
From the steps we all took in our daily life to major changes in how services were delivered, the importance of infection prevention and control to minimise transmission of the virus were at the forefront of everybody’s thoughts which is why we have released a new social media video to explain infection control and prevention and to outline the importance of hand hygiene.
Rebecca Denton-Smith, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust lead nurse for infection prevention and control and the video host said: “Our Infection prevention and control team has one simple aim: to keep everyone safe from infections.
“Patient safety is our priority and we will never falter in our efforts.
“We want to remind anyone coming to our hospitals of the importance of following our guidance to keep themselves and every other patient safe.”
Hospital in-patients are tested for COVID-19 regularly and all patients are asked to let staff know if they start feeling unwell or are developing symptoms of COVID-19 such as a fever, cough or loss of taste and smell.
The Trust also asks all patients to help protect themselves and others by wearing a face covering when moving away from the bed space, by regularly washing their hands and keeping their distance whenever they can.
Rebecca commented: “We want your time in hospital to be as safe as possible so you can get home as soon as possible.”
The Trust also reminds all visitors that face coverings are still required when coming to hospital to see a loved one on the wards.