Infection Prevention and Control

The Infection Prevention and Control service enables clinical staff to minimise the risk of Health Care-Associated Infections (HCAI’s) to patients. Not all are preventable but the aim of the team is to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to all preventable infections.

Infection Prevention and Control is high on government and public agendas and is a key objective for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. One of the key aspects of the team is to ensure that the Trust is compliant with the relevant healthcare standards (Standards for Better Health) and the Hygiene Code (Health Act 2006 Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of HCAI’s).

The service includes:

  • Provision of education and training to all disciplines of staff

  • Audit of clinical practice and the clinical environment

  • Surveillance of HCAI’s

  • Prevention and effective control of outbreaks

Patient and staff information leaflets, including MRSA and Clostridium difficile, are available from the team.

The service operates Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm. An out of hours service is provided by an on-call microbiologist.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Moat Road
West Midlands

Service lead

Louise Fox, Lead Infection and Prevention Control Nurse
01922 721172 ext. 5830/5832

Contact Infection Prevention and Control, and TB services directly, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 01922 721172 ext. 5832.

An out-of-hours microbiologist is available via switchboard.