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Declaration of Statement of MRSA Screening for All Elective and Non-elective Admissions of Patients
The Department of Health required all NHS Trusts to undertake a review of their MRSA screening policies. Trusts were requested to develop and implement an MRSA screening programme for elective admissions by 31 March 2009 and for emergency admissions by 31 December 2010.

The aim of the Department of Health strategy is to reduce MRSA infection through the screening all appropriate patients for MRSA colonisation. The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has complied with the implementation of a programme for the screening of elective and emergency admissions. Significant improvements have been made, with only three cases of MRSA bacteraemia since April 2012. Systems and policies are in place and the Trust Board is committed to the Infection Prevention agenda. Ongoing assurance is provided via the monthly Director of Infection Prevention and Control report to the Trust Board.

Ipswich Hospital's Commitment to Eliminating Mixed Sex Accommodation
Ipswich Hospital is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the Government’s requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice. We have the necessary facilities, resources and culture to ensure that patients who are admitted to our hospitals will only share the room where they sleep with members of the same sex, and same-sex toilets and bathrooms will be close to their bed area. Sharing with members of the opposite sex will only happen when clinically necessary (for example where patients need specialist equipment such as in the Critical Care Unit, the Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit, The Cardiac Monitoring Unit and the Acute Respiratory Care Unit.

If our care should fall short of the required standard, we will report it. We will also set up an audit mechanism to make sure that we do not misclassify any of our reports. We will publish the results of that audit at Public Trust Board in July 2011.

Cleaning Arrangements at Ipswich Hospital
Cleaning Frequencies – In accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of Practice for health and adult social care on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance,Ipswich Hospital is required to make this information publicly available. The hospital is cleaned according to the National Specifications of Cleanliness as detailed by the Department of Health. Regular audits of all areas are undertaken according to the risk category assigned to that area and formally reported on a monthly basis to the Contract Review group and the Hospital Infection Control Committee. Any identified problems are rectified within strict times frames at the time of identification.

In our ongoing commitment to infection prevention and control, this hospital produces a regular Infection Control Newsletter for staff, patients and visitors to share information and promote good practice.

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