The hospital have a dedicated team, headed by the medical director, of Infection Control nurses and doctors to give advice on minimising the risks of infection occurring in individual patients, and on preventing the spread of infection between them.
A really simple – but effective – method to prevent infection is good hand hygiene. Effective hand hygiene can prevent the transfer of infection from one patient to another, and alcohol rub gel can be found at bedsides as well as at the entrance to the wards, the focus for hand hygiene should be where it is most effective, which is at the point of patient care.
A safe and clean environment is very important at Darent Valley and this includes helping everyone understand what we can do together to reduce the risk of infection in hospital. Infection control is everyone’s responsibility.
The Trust takes cleanliness and hygiene very seriously within the various wards and departments. If you are concerned about any cleanliness issues, please do let a member of staff know.
You are encouraged to ask all healthcare workers to clean their hands before carrying out any care.
Monthly infection rate
Please view how we are doing via our monthly infection rates.