Keate House praised for excellent infection control by CQC
Keate House has been praised for its practices in infection control and the prevention of COVID-19 in its January inspection report published by the Care Quality Commission. The CQC outlined the rigorous and thorough measures in place which have resulted in a safe environment for residents, staff, and visitors.
The report stated:
‘The building had been adapted to ensure good practices of infection prevention and control were maintained. A treatment room had been created at the front of the house so that visiting professionals did not need to enter the living area. A second staff room had been created to improve social distancing and a ‘don and doff’ room had been set up for the staff.’
In line with changes to the building to support these practices, the home has appointed a COVID-19 Marshall to assist in the regular testing of staff and residents. Staff continue to be tested 3 times weekly with residents once monthly who are able and willing. This marshal is responsible for ensuring that the home is up to date with regularly changing legislation and continues to support safe provision of quality care in conjunction with infection control guidance.
The report outlined that stocks of the right standard of personal protective equipment (‘PPE’) were well-maintained and staff used and disposed of it correctly. The Care Quality Commission were also assured that Keate House was meeting all standards of quality infection control practices varying from minimising transmission, effective use of PPE, promoting safety, preventing and effectively managing outbreak, and meeting shielding and social distancing rules. The home’s infection prevention and control policy is up to date accordingly and all residents and care staff, who have consented, have received their first vaccination at the time of inspection.
Keate House continues to uphold the necessary standards for infection control whilst supporting families and visitors in their visits, with a ‘Visiting Hub’ in place to ensure social distancing.