Our hospitals meet standards to reduce infections
Lower infections rates at The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust mean that it has successfully registered with the Care Quality Commission – the new independent regulator of health and social care in England, which replaces the Healthcare Commission.
To register, the Trust had to meet government regulations to ensure that patients, staff and visitors are protected against the risks of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection.
On 1 April 2009, it became a legal requirement for all NHS trusts, that provide healthcare directly to patients, to register with the new Commission.
Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Elizabeth Robb, at Northwick Park, St Mark’s and Central Middlesex Hospitals, said: “I am pleased to announce that we have been registered with the regulator without any conditions, which is good news and a reflection of the hard work of our staff, patients and visitors to reduce infections and improve our cleanliness.
“Reducing infections remains one of our top priorities and we have reduced rates of MRSA by 50 per cent in the last two years at our hospitals.
“But we can never be complacent. We want to bring them down further and would like to ask our patients and visitors to help us. By following a few simple rules, such as remembering to wash their hands and use the alcohol gel when visiting our hospitals, they can make a big difference.”
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There were 21 trusts in the country that had conditions applied to their registration.