- Published: Monday, 13 January 2020 15:25
Firstly I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope you all had the opportunity for some rest and relaxation over the festive period and I’d like to thank everyone who worked, caring for patients and making their time in hospital as good as it could possibly be.
We know that January is one of the busiest times of the year and last week we held a system-partners Reset Week to really focus on patient flow and discharge, and put the hospitals in the best possible position to cope with this increased demand.
Something I’d particularly like to highlight during this busy time is the importance of good, consistent, infection prevention and control practices. Whilst I know, in times of extreme pressure, it can be difficult to manage everything, it’s really important we prioritise this. Poor infection control practices can lead to an increased risk of transmission and spread, resulting in patients who are more unwell and spend longer in hospital. This is neither good for the patient or helps us to manage our bed capacity and flow. If we get to the stage of having to close bay areas (due to the outbreak of flu or norovirus for example) it makes it even more difficult to manage. We then have to start using extra infection control measures in the care of these patients, which is more involved and time-consuming, creating additional capacity challenges. It can become a vicious circle and the best way to avoid an outbreak is good basic practice.