Commitment to Infection Control

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is committed to preventing healthcare associated infections. Healthcare associated infections are acquired following admission to hospital or as a result of healthcare interventions in other healthcare facilities. There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of acquiring an infection but high standards of infection control practice minimise the risk of occurrence.

What are we doing?

All of our staff are trained in the procedures required to prevent the spread of infection. This includes correct hand washing techniques and the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves and aprons.

Each ward/department/team has a designated infection control link worker who actively contributes to the championing, monitoring and ensuring of best infection control practice within the workplace.

What can you do to help us?

Visitors play an important role to help us stop infections from spreading.

  • If you feel unwell yourself please do not visit our hospitals, particularly if you have diarrhoea and or vomiting. If you are unsure whether to visit or not please contact the nurse in charge of the ward.
  • Please ensure you wash your hands with soap and water. Hand washing is the most important way to stop germs from spreading from one person to another.
  • Please use the hand cleaning foam at the entrance to the wards when you enter and when you leave.

If you are worried about any aspect of cleaning or infection control please ask to speak to the lead nurse, matron or infection prevention and control team who will be happy to discuss your concerns.

Further information regarding MRSA, clostridium difficile, norovirus and Hepatitis C are available via national websites which can be accessed by following the links below: