The prevention and control of infection is everyone’s responsibility. This involves all health and social care staff at the hospital, care home, dentist or GP following standard precautions to reduce the risk to you and your relatives of developing a Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI). If you feel that staff caring for you or a member of your family are not following precautions such as handwashing, then don’t be afraid to make them aware.
However we all have a part to play in reducing the risk of infection, by making sure if we are unwell with potentially infectious illnesses such as diarrhoea or coughs and colds we do not visit relatives in hospitals or care homes until symptoms stop. We can also make sure we reduce the risk of infections to each other by making sure we all wash our hands especially after using the toilet and before preparing food.
Within the office of Public Health the Infection Prevention and Control Team, support the Director of Public Health in their role to protect the people of Dudley when outbreaks of infection occur and in reducing avoidable harm caused by infection. They also work with providers of care to improve standards around the prevention of infection, educate staff so they are aware of their responsibilities, and provide advice to primary care services on the management of patients with infection. They also work closely with those who pay for health services in Dudley to ensure that those services purchased on your behalf are doing all they can to reduce the risk of infection.