Infection Control

Infection Control is of paramount importance at The London Orthopaedic Clinic. We have access to a 24 hour cover Infection Control Team which consists of a Consultant Microbiologist and a Specialist Infection Control Nurse.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic follows HCA’s infection Prevention policies and has reporting measures in place to provide high standards of care, such as regular audits on infection prevention practice,  i.e. hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, bin disposal, etc.

We report to the Infection Control Team of all surgical site infections on postoperative patients after their discharge from hospital or if they require readmission. The infection Control Team then reports monthly to Integrated Governance, where reflective practice and feedback is provided, measures re-evaluated and further actions taken if required.

The London Orthopaedic Clinic also has its own internal Clinical Governance committee.

External reporting to the Public Health England (former Health Protection agency) is also carried out by the Infection Control Team on the following:

  • MRSA bacteraemia
  • E.Coli bacteraemia
  • Sensitive Staph. Aureus bacteraemia
  • Clostridium Difficile

HCA has been reporting infections every quarter since 1997, on all total hip replacement and total knee replacement operations. Although it only has been mandatory since 2004, thus allowing surveillance and comparison of infection rates nationally for these operations.

We are proud to say that our Surgical Site Infection rate for 2014 was 0.6%.

If you would like to request further details on The London Orthopaedic Clinic’s infection statistics please contact our internal Infection Control Nurse on:

leigh.stephens@londonorthopaedic.com

For more information on HCA’s Infection Prevention Policies, please contact:

Infection Control Team at the Princess Grace Hospital on machtild.struckmann@hcahealthcare.co.uk