Infection Control


Although the risk of picking up an infection in our trust is very low some patients with serious mental health/learning disabilities often have more underlying physical health problems than the general population, making them potentially more vulnerable to infection.

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust take preventing and controlling infections seriously. Therefore, it’s very important to us to protect you and your family from getting any infection during your stay in our hospitals, so we work hard to prevent, monitor and control the spread of infections. This includes screening (for example, taking swabs for MRSA) all patients that are transferred to us from other hospitals and care homes.

What you can do to help:

Washing your hands properly and thoroughly is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection. You can help us by paying particular attention to washing your hands before and after visiting the hospital.

Hand gel is available at some entrances to wards for staff and visitors. In some areas this is not possible so staff may carry hand held gels or wipes are provided.

If you find the hand gel, soap or hand towels have run out please inform a member of staff.

At times some wards may also be affected by outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting such as Norovirus which are more common at certain times of year. In this instance we may have to restrict visitors to these areas to prevent further spread. So please help us by checking with ward staff before visiting your relative.

Remember that if you are suffering from a heavy cold, flu-like symptoms, vomiting or diarrhoea YOU SHOULD NOT visit the hospital. Please inform the relevant ward/dept. If you have diarrhoea or vomiting, you must not visit until you have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

Service User Involvement Scheme:

We are very fortunate to have an excellent team of service user/carer representatives who work with our Infection Prevention and Control Team. This includes helping to look at our information leaflets/policies etc to make sure that they are clear and informative, training and education. Some have also been trained in helping us to do spotchecks on the wards and departments to see that the areas are clean and that we are complying with infection prevention and control practices etc. This means service users are actively engaged in this important area and helps us by providing further assurance that we are doing this properly.

We are proud to say that our Team won the Nursing Times Infection Prevention and Control Award 2010 for this initiative.

If you would like to be involved in this scheme please contact Bernie Fitzpatrick, Involvement Scheme Coordinator on 01925 664057.

Further information:

You can find more information and a full A-Z listing of Infection Control Information / leaflets on the Health Protection Agency website:

What to do if you have any queries/concerns about infection control

It’s important to us that you understand and are happy with our advice. If you have any concerns please speak to the:

Person in charge of your ward / department
Patient Advice and Liaison Services Manager (01925 664450)
The Infection Prevention and Control Team:

  • Hollins Park Hospital (01925 664055 or 01925 664819)
  • Anita Samuels Centre (0151 676 5440 / 0151 478 7514 / 0151 676 5442)


 The Team

Julie Hughes, Nurse Consultant Infection Control
Julie Spendlove, Lead Nurse Infection Prevention and Control
Louise Owens, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Practitioner
Valya Weston, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Practitioner
Jackie Lee, Infection Prevention and Control Team Secretary
Angela Steward, Infection Prevention and Control Team Admin

  • Please click here to view Information on the control of MRSA
  • Please click here to view infection prevention and control advice.
  • Please click here to view information on Clostridium Difficile.

This site is constantly being updated.


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