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Infection Prevention & Control

Infection Prevention & Control

The Infection Prevention and Control Service works across the health and social care setting to reduce healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).

We provide support and advice to healthcare professionals and the public through the following:


  • Infection Control Audits
  • Monitoring and surveillance of outbreaks
  • Outbreak management of HCAIs (eg norovirus, C difficile, MRSA)
  • Specialist Infection Prevention and Control advice and support
  • Training in Infection Prevention & Control
  • Development of policies, guidelines and information leaflets
  • Procurement advice
  • Promote hand hygiene practice
  • Produce annual infection control report

Office hours

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Out of Hours

Urgent advice and support is available by calling 0151 706 2000. 



Infection Prevention & Control Service
Wing 5, 1st floor
St Catherine's Health Centre
Derby Road
CH42 0LQ


Tel: 0151 604 7750
Fax: 0151 643 5445


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Related links


Health Protection Agency
NHS North West  

Your Hands


Clean Your Hands


SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 


We have registered to participate in the World Health Organisation’s SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign. By registering we are demonstrating a commitment to best practice in hand hygiene and supporting a global movement to take action and save lives.
clean your hands
The focus for this campaign is around improving hand hygiene at the point of care.

Hand hygiene is essential for preventing the spread of infection. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) have devised ‘5 Moments for Hand Hygiene’ to highlight the crucial times when hand hygiene must be performed. These moments include: before patient contact, before an aseptic task, after body fluid exposure risk, after patient contact and after contact with patient surroundings.


The aim of this campaign is to:


  • Raise hand hygiene awareness 
  • Improve hand hygiene compliance 
  • Help fight Healthcare Acquired Infection (HAI) 
  • Make patient safety our No 1 priority.


The current Essential Steps Hand Hygiene audit tool reflects the WHO/NPSA ‘5 Moments for hand hygiene’.

Why not test yourself on the 5 moments for hand hygiene by playing the ‘Wi-Five?’ game as it is fun and educational all in one go!


The campaign also aims to encourage patients to feel it's ok to ask healthcare workers about their hand hygiene, if they feel staff may have forgotten to clean their hands.

If you would like to know more about the campaign at Wirral Community NHS Trust then please contact the Infection Prevention & Control Service on 0151 604 7750.

Supporting Materials





Hand Hygiene Information



Information & Guidance



Clostridium difficile (C.diff)



Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)








Patient Equipment and General Cleaning Checklist



Sharps Awareness



 NHS Choices




Useful links


Public Health England website links



IPC Newsletters


IPC newsletters 


Edition 1: Back to basics


Edition 2: Carbenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)


Edition 3: Clostridium Difficile (C.diff)


Special editions


Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 12:10

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