"A minor matter which may have a major impact on infection control"

About: Musgrove Park Hospital

(as the patient),

Over the last few months I have been under investigations by various teams in the Musgrove Hospital and have in general received kind, courteous and thoroughly professional care. However I would like to bring up a minor matter which may have a major impact on infection control - the habit of people licking their fingers before dealing with notes and forms. This was widespread through all departments - wards, outpatients and A&E and indeed the operating theatre! The staff involved were medical, nursing and clerical and I am sure they were unaware of what they were doing. However this issue need to be addressed as it is a means of infection spread. Waitrose provides it checkout staff with a small moistened sponge.

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Response from Musgrove Park Hospital

Thank you very much for taking the time to write to us regarding this issue; I will forward your comments to our Infection Control Manager for her attention. If you have any future concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) at Musgrove Park Hospital: telephone 01823 343536 or e-mail pals@tst.nhs.uk. Lucille Hoose. PALS Lead

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