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Infection Prevention and Control

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Infection Prevention and Control

The Infection Prevention, Control and Immunisation Department is comprised of two Infection Control Practitioners whose role is to oversee the prevention and control of infections throughout GHA premises, by training staff, implementing GHA policies and monitoring practices. They provide a 24/7 service and respond to emergencies like outbreaks and serious infections. They are managerially accountable to the Director of Nursing and professionally accountable to the Director of Public Health.

Core Functions

  • Monitoring of healthcare acquired infections through audit and surveillance.
  • Training and educating GHA personnel and other non-governmental agencies in infection prevention and control.
  • Development of policies and protocols in Infection Prevention & Control, using evidence-based practice guidelines.
  • Outbreak management and contact tracing, for communicable disease control such as in cases of Norovirus, Swine Flu, TB etc..
  • Providing advice and public health education on infection prevention issues such as hand hygiene and sexually transmitted infections.
  • Liaising with environmental agencies in some cases of food outbreaks or contact tracing.
  • Offering Sexual Health screening and advice to public.

For more information on Infection Prevention and Control, visit the GHA website: http://www.gha.gi/public-health/infection-control/