Infection Prevention and Control
Please help us protect our patients and minimise the spread of infection. Do not visit the hospital if you have diarrhoea or vomiting until you have been clear of symptoms for 72 hours (three days) or if you have symptoms of coronavirus. If you are due for an appointment please call the number on your appointment letter to rearrange your appointment.
Further information about coronavirus is available here.
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the prevention of healthcare associated infection and patient safety is the utmost priority.
All relevant emergency admissions who are admitted to Dorset County Hospital will be screened for MRSA in line with the Trust policy, which reflects national guidance from the Department of Health.
The Trust takes infection control very seriously and has a dedicated Infection Prevention and Control Team who work hard alongside our staff across the organisation to prevent and control infection.
Infection Prevention and Control Team
The Infection Prevention and Control Team maintains a high profile on the wards and departments and each area has a dedicated nurse who co–ordinates and monitors efforts to minimise the spread of infection.
We are among the top performing trusts in the country for minimising the spread of MRSA and therefore reducing the risk to patients.
The team are available to provide advice and support on all aspects of infection prevention and control, and work with hospital staff to ensure that patients who are identified as having an infection are assessed and cared for effectively.
Cleaning our hands is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stop the spread of germs.
All our entrances, hospital wards and clinical areas have alcohol hand gel dispensers available for staff and visitors to use. Further information regarding hand hygiene is available here.
If you have any comments, queries or concerns, you can contact our Infection Prevention and Control Team on 01305 253279.
Click here to read our Infection Prevention and Control Annual Report for 2017-18
Click here to read our Infection Prevention and Control Annual Report for 2018-19
Click here to read our Infection Prevention and Control Annual Report for 2019-20