Infection Control

Lynton Health Centre,

EX35 6HA


Infection Control Annual Statement 2018-2019


This annual statement will be generated each year.  It will summarise:

  • Any infection transmission incidents and any action taken (these will have been reported in accordance with our Significant Event procedure)
  • Details of any infection control audits undertaken and actions taken
  • Details of any control risk assessments undertaken
  • Details of staff training
  • Any review and update of policies, procedures and guidelines


Lynton Health Centre has one lead for Infection, Prevention and Control, Clare Hartgen and she is supported by Sister Dawn Marks and Dr Glen Allaway

The IPC lead keeps updated on infection control and shares necessary information with the team at practice meetings.

Significant Events

In the past year there have been no significant events raised that relating to infection control.

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are carried out on an annual basis following best practice.

Toys, books and magazines

We provide minimal toys to help entertain children whilst they are in the waiting room and during consultations.  We feel it is important to have some provision for those parents who do not bring their own toys to entertain their children, however, we have to manage risk.  NHS Cleaning Specifications recommend that all toys are clean regularly and we have implemented a cleaning programme to comply with this


The surgery has various blinds both at the windows and in consulting rooms.  All blinds to windows are cleaned as per NHS cleaning specifications.  Modesty curtains in treatment rooms are disposable and  changed every 6 months as per best practice guidelines.

Legionella (Water) Risk Assessment 

The practice conducts monthly water safety checks to ensure that the water supply does not pose a risk to patients, visitors or staff.

Staff Training 

All staff, clinical and non-clinical, have completed annual training workbooks and had ‘Hand Washing’ Audits undertaken.  New members of staff will be required to complete this during their induction period.  Next date for the annual staff review will be October 2018.

Hand Gel 

We have introduced a hand gel dispenser in the waiting room for patients to use on entry and exit from the building.

 Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

All policies are formally reviewed annually; however all are amended on an on-going basis as current advice changes or needs arise.

 Updated by Clare Hartgen 19.04.2018