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Infection Control

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust takes infection prevention and control very seriously.

A dedicated infection prevention and control team provides expert advice to the Trust on the daily management of infection and informs patients, visitors and staff on strategies to minimise the risk of healthcare associated infection.

The Trust participates in the Department of Health’s mandatory surveillance scheme. This means that the number of patients developing infection due to MRSA in the blood (bacteraemia) and the number of patients acquiring Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea, are reported to the Department of Health.

The Trust has adopted a range of measures to challenge healthcare associated infection. These include:

  • Education
  • Promoting high standards of hand hygiene
  • Care of intravenous devices
  • Strict antibiotic prescribing
  • Screening for MRSA (meticillin resistant staphylococcus aureus)

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