New matrons crack down on infection

NEW ward matrons have started patrolling the wards of Ipswich Hospital in a bid to cut MRSA and Clostridium difficile infections.They have been introduced to replace previous sister and charge nurse roles, focusing their attentions on infection prevention and control, clinical quality and safety monitoring.

NEW ward matrons have started patrolling the wards of Ipswich Hospital in a bid to cut MRSA and Clostridium difficile infections.

They have been introduced to replace previous sister and charge nurse roles, focusing their attentions on infection prevention and control, clinical quality and safety monitoring.

Every ward will have a matron, identified by their black pin striped uniform. They will work alongside existing matrons who are responsible for safeguarding all standards over entire departments.

Gwen Collins, director of infection prevention and control, said: “We have not changed the old ward sister/charge nurse role completely, just refocused and reprioritised towards providing a clean environment for care, ensuring best practice in infection control, improving clinical standards and treating patients with dignity and respect."

Current infection control measures implemented at Ipswich Hospital include reduced visiting times in a bid to stop the spread of infections, a new isolation ward, a 20-ward programme of deep cleaning and upgrading equipment and a major hand-washing campaign.

The role is introduced in accordance with the Infection Control Nurses Association and will ensure that the hospital is meeting all national cleaning standards.