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Infection Prevention and Control 28th April 2015

Dr Emily MacNaughton, Consultant Microbiologist, spoke about infection prevention and control across the Trust’s services including St. Mary’s Hospital.   Healthcare acquired Infections such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus ( MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C. diff) have dramatically fallen in recent years.   The importance of cleansing hands with both gel at the entrances to healthcare facilities and using good old soap and water were emphasised.   With Norovirus the 48 hour rule is also very important – you should be 48 hours clear of symptoms before visiting friends, family or work.

During this session Members asked a range of questions about healthcare issues including:

  • How do we cope with increasing levels of resistance to antibiotics?
  • What audits are undertaken to ensure compliance with Trust policies and procedures?
  • Why is there no radiotherapy service on the Island?
  • What use do we make of agency and locum staff?

It was suggested that we should invite the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England who both commission services from the Trust along with other national bodies to meet members in the future.  If you would like a particular subject area covered at a future meeting please contact us on 01983-822099 ext  5703 or e-mail

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