Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust take preventing and controlling infections seriously. Therefore, it’s important to us that we protect you and your family from getting an infection during your stay in our hospitals.

We work hard to prevent, monitor, and control the spread of infections, we do this by:

  • Ensuring all our clinical staff are trained to wash their hands effectively using a specific technique to ensure they don’t miss any areas accidentally
  • Ensuring antibiotics are prescribed appropriately as overuse can cause resistance and make infections difficult to treat in the future
  • Ensuring that wards and clinics are cleaned thoroughly and checked against national standards
  • Ensuring staff are educated on infection prevention and control principles
  • Monitoring infection rates and acting quickly when infections are identified to prevent spread

  • Regularly washing your hands, it is possible to pick up bugs on the hands which may cause infections. Hand washing is particularly important before eating and after using the toilet. Using soap and water is recommended if hands are visibly dirty or if you have been suffering from diarrhoea and/or vomiting
  • Challenge the staff if you don’t think they have washed their hands
  • Inform a member of staff if you have been experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea/ vomiting or cold/flu like symptoms
  • We may ask you to spend a period in your bedspace if you have an infection to prevent further spread to others- this is called “isolation”
  • We may ask you to spend time in specific areas of the ward environment with others that may also have the same infection as you to prevent further spread - this is called “co-horting”
  • Ensuring you are up to date with seasonal vaccines if you are eligible to receive them, such as, Influenza / COVID-19

  • You can help us by paying particular attention to washing your hands before and after visiting the hospital
  • Hand gel or hand sanitizer is available at entrances to wards for staff and visitors. In some areas this is not possible so staff may carry handheld gels or wipes are provided
  • Challenge the staff if you don’t think they have washed their hands
  • Please do not visit the hospital if you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of cold/ flu- you should feel well and be recovered before you visit
  • Please do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting - you should be 48 hours symptom free before you visit

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has a dedicated Infection prevention and Control Team who work across the Trust's footprint to:

  • Provide Specific Infection prevention and control education and training trust wide
  • Coordinating and implementing the annual infection prevention and control audit program
  • Support staff with specialist advice
  • Surveillance of specific healthcare associated infections, such as MRSA bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile infection
  • Supporting staff with outbreaks of infection to prevent onward transmission
  • Conduct Post infection reviews to as certain future learning and share good practice
  • Working closely on issues related to cleanliness of environment and equipment with facilities management teams
  • Participating in evaluation of new technology and supporting national infection prevention and control collaborative projects