North Devon District Hospital passes surprise hygiene check

A surprise hygiene spot check by healthcare watchdogs has seen North Devon District Hospital pass with flying colours. The Care Quality Commission made an unannounced visit to the hospital in Barnstaple on June 30, visiting three wards to assess Northern

A surprise hygiene spot check by healthcare watchdogs has seen North Devon District Hospital pass with flying colours.

The Care Quality Commission made an unannounced visit to the hospital in Barnstaple on June 30, visiting three wards to assess Northern Devon Healthcare Trust's performance against the hygiene code, which sets standards for managing and infection prevention and control.

In their report, inspectors said: "On inspection we found no evidence that the Trust has breached the regulations to protect patients, workers and others from the risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection."

Their inspection had three parts, which included analysing how the trust manages infection prevention and control and what procedures it has in place.


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They also examined Glossop, Capener and the medical admissions wards, as well as holding discussions with staff from across the hospital, including infection control nurses, staff nurses, infection control link nurses, pharmacists, consultants, domestic staff, volunteers and contractors.

The trust's MJRSA and C-difficile for last year were well within the limits set by the department of health, with seven MJRSA cases and 48 of C-diff.

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From April to June 2009 there have so far been no cases of MRSA and only five C-diff.

"It is very important patients know we are doing our utmost to prevent and control infections in hospital," said chief executive Jac Kelly.

"These results reflect the hard work and utter determination of our staff to ensure that the care we offer patients is safe, clean and effective.

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