Quality and Safety

In the search for medical care, it is important to consider the quality and safety of care provided. The choice should be made with your doctor’s consultation.

Our dedicated staff and medical specialists all subscribe to our principles of continuous education and improvement.

How To Wash Hands

How To Wash Hands illustration

Preventing Infections

Infections which occur in hospital are known as Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI’s). The most commonly spoken about HCAI’s are Methycillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium Difficile (C.Difficile).

Tapion is proud to have one of the lowest infection rates in the country for MRSA.

This low number of infections is a reflection of how seriously standards of cleanliness are taken in this Hospital.

Of course, it is our aim not to have any infections in the hospital, and to help us move towards our goal, all patients who have planned admissions to the hospital will be screened before they are admitted to see whether they have MRSA. If people are found to be carrying MRSA, they will be treated with a course of antibiotics before they are admitted to hospital.

We need you to help us keep our infection rates as low as possible

We ask patients, staff and visitors to use the alcohol hand gel when entering and leaving wards and departments. Good hand hygiene is the most important factor in controlling the spread of infection.

Please do not visit the hospital if you are unwell, have experienced ‘flu’ like symptoms or suffered from diarrhoea and vomiting during the last 48 hours.

More advice

Staff at Tapion Hospital are committed to taking infections seriously and keeping patients as safe and healthy as possible. Further information and useful tips on how to prevent infections in hospital are available all over the Hospital.

Infection prevention and control Compliance Statement

The Hospital acknowledges its collective responsibility for minimising the risks of infection and has agreed the general means by which it prevents and controls these risks. The Board formally reviews and monitors the controls of such risks via the twice yearly reports presented to the Board in June and December by the Committee of Infection Prevention and Control.

Hospital Cleanliness

Tapion Hospital has the lowest MRSA rates in the country. One of the most important factors in achieving this is to ensure that we maintain high cleaning standards. At Tapion, cleaning is not contracted out and we have our own in-house cleaning team. To ensure high quality cleaning on our wards, cleaners are part of the ward team and are managed by the Ward Sister or Charge Nurse.

  • The shared accommodation in the new wards is in spacious bays of five and some four beds, again with en-suite facilities.
  • Staff and visitors are requested to rub alcohol gel onto their hands before and after they have been into patient areas.

These measures help with the prevention and control of infection, and demonstrate the importance that Tapion Hospital places on the prevention of infections.

Patient Environment

It is important to us that patients receive excellent medical care in the best possible environment and in surroundings that will promote recovery.

We are therefore modernising and improving our facilities and services whilst maintaining our emphasis on high quality treatment and care. Some of the latest projects are described below plus developments on the horizon.

Developments beginning in 2012

2012 will see major projects to improve the facilities within the Hospital. In April 2012 these projects will be completed and operational. Added services will move into purpose built accommodation in the new wing. Starting in April this project will be complete and operational by August. The wing extension project has benefited hugely from the added services initiative which has received tremendous support from the local community.