Infection control is everyone's responsibility

Our Infection Control Team is a dedicated department with the responsibility for advising and educating staff at all levels on how to prevent and reduce cross-infection in the hospital.

A really simple – but effective – method to prevent infection is good hand hygiene. Effective hand hygiene can prevent the transfer of infection from one patient to another, and alcohol rub gel can be found at bedsides as well as at the entrance to the wards, the focus for hand hygiene should be where it is most effective, which is at the point of patient care.

A safe and clean environment is very important at Darent Valley and this includes helping everyone understand what we can do together to reduce the risk of infection in hospital. Infection control is everyone’s responsibility. 

The Trust takes cleanliness and hygiene very seriously within the various wards and departments. If you are concerned about any cleanliness issues, please do let a member of staff know.

You are encouraged to ask all healthcare workers to clean their hands before carrying out any care.