Infection Prevention and Control

 

The aim of the Infection Prevention and Control service is to promote a safe environment for staff, patients and visitors. We are here to make sure the risk of contamination and cross-infection are kept to a minimum across all our sites.

We also provide our service to the Devon Partnership Trust and offer advice and guidance to GP practices and nursing homes within the Eastern Locality of Devon, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Children and Family Health Devon.

More on what we do

Our team works hard to ensure that patients receive the very highest standard of healthcare.

Although the risk of getting an infection in hospital is low, careful attention to prevention and control is a crucial part of keeping our patients safe.

In addition to our dedicated infection prevention and control team, there are also infection prevention and control leads at Trust Board, divisional and ward levels.

We are committed to preventing and minimising the spread of infection. This includes:

  • Constantly improving practice to reduce the incidence of infections acquired in hospital
  • Providing advice on the management of individual patients, or suspected outbreaks of infection
  • Robust surveillance on targeted infections, reporting all results back to the frontline staff
  • Education and training of all staff via the Trust's induction and mandatory training programme, and locally at ward and department level
  • Producing infection prevention and control policies, in line with Government guidelines, which are readily available to all staff via the Trust's intranet - the policies are also available for the public to view online, here
  • Audit of policies and guidelines to ensure that best practice is followed
  • Supporting and reassuring patients and their families using our services

Our team

Joint Director of Infection Prevention and Control
Dr Robert Porter: Consultant in Medical Microbiology and Infection Control Doctor

Joint Director of Infection Prevention and Control
Mel Burden: Consultant Nurse

Other team members include:
Senior nurses, advanced nurse specialists and nurse specialists in infection prevention and control, surveillance practitioner and health care assistant, antimicrobial pharmacist, service administrator and team secretary.

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Stewart Smith House 

Contact us

To contact the Infection Prevention and Control team, call 01392 402355 or email rde-tr.InfectionControl@nhs.net.

Out of hours, please call the main RD&E Switchboard on 01392 411611.

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