Healthcare-associated infections and the spread of harmful pathogens across the healthcare system is minimised through excellence in IPC practice. There is a deeply embedded culture among staff whereby best practice to minimise infection risk to patients, staff and visitors to healthcare facilities is the accepted norm.
The IPC Service delivers quality infection prevention and control services to minimise the occurrence and spread of infection across the healthcare system. It promotes excellence in IPC practice and strategically deploys its resources to improve safety for patients, staff and visitors to our health care facilities.
Oversight and governance for the IPC Service is provided by the Infection Prevention and Control Advisory Committee (IPCAC). Membership includes a senior Infectious Disease Physician, a senior Clinical Microbiologist, a senior Public Health Physician, the Nursing Director – Infection Prevention and Control, the Clinical Director – Infection Prevention and Control, a senior Primary Care General Practitioner and a senior Primary Care Nursing Leader.
The IPC Service is led by the Nursing Director – Infection Prevention and Control and the Clinical Director – Infection Prevention and Control. The team includes Clinical Nurse Specialists and Registered Nurses with the range of skills and expertise necessary to implement, co-ordinate and document delivery of the annual IPC programme Ashburton and Rural Health Services, Burwood Hospital (Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation Service), Community Services, Medical & Surgical Services, Specialist Mental Health Service, and Woman’s and Child Health.
Phone: (03) 378 6966
Out-of-hours advice is provided by the Medical Microbiologist on-call, who can be reached via the Christchurch Hospital switchboard (03) 364 0640
Page last updated: 11 January 2023
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