Cross infection control is essential in a medical environment. Every member of staff is trained to understand the importance of contamination control and in line with HTM-01-05 guidance.
This practice has a written infection control policy. A copy is available from the practice manager or reception. New staff are provided with a copy of the policy.
The Principal is responsible for keeping the policy in line with current BDA advice and the Practice Manager is responsible for ensuring that everybody in the practice knows about the changes. These are discussed at staff meetings and changes are placed on the staff room notice board.
Changes to infection control procedures are noted on the minutes of the staff meeting to ensure consistency throughout the practice.
All members of the practice are trained as part of their surgery training in infection control. The policy states clearly who is responsible for answering queries. At all times the Principal may be asked questions.
Uniforms and protective equipment are provided.
The hepatitis B status of clinical staff is monitored. It is a condition of their employment that they keep all the recommended inoculations up to date.
Any staff who find they carry a blood-borne virus or other serious transmissible infection will inform the Principal in confidence and discuss any changes in clinical practice which may be necessary in accordance with GDC guidance. Patients health will be this Practices priority.
This practice adheres to stringent and consistent infection control precautions.
Every patient has to be confident when they walk into NHS Dentist that the surgery and instruments are spotless.
We have been awarded the GOLD STANDARD by the Infection Control Team for the Inner Cluster (Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Westminster) and we were the first practice to be awarded the GOLD STANDARD in Hammersmith and Fulham Primary Care Trust area.