Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital receives highest grade for infection control

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: NNUH

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: NNUH - Credit: NNUH

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has received the highest grade for infection control following a recent inspection.

It improved its position to that of Infection Prevention Level Green - the highest of three assessment gradings - after a visit from Dr Debra Adams, NHS Improvement's head of infection prevention and control for Midlands and East, in late February.

Dr Adams visited various clinical areas and inspected medical and surgical wards and the emergency department. She also had discussions with the director of nursing and many different teams and health professionals at the hospital.

Dr Adams noted that: 'All of the staff I met were proud to work in your trust. Furthermore, they all articulated actions taken in their areas to promote infection prevention and demonstrated that infection prevention was high on their priority list.'

Frances Bolger, NNUH's acting director of nursing, said: 'This feedback from the visit is as a result of trust-wide effort and dedication to promote good infection prevention practice. I'd like to share my thanks to all those who have contributed to this result.'

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Sarah Morter, senior nurse for infection prevention and control, added: 'The infection prevention and control team at NNUH were proud that the trust achieved the green rating from NHSI. This result is evidence that infection prevention procedures are in place and demonstrates the considerable commitment all staff have in working towards protecting patients, visitors and colleagues from avoidable infection.'

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