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Infection Control

Welcome to the Infection Control Department


The Infection Prevention and Control Department

Promoting Patient Safety


Who are we?

Assistant director of nursing
Clinical nurse specialists
Administrative assistants
Consultant microbiologists
Registrars / SpRs in microbiology
Surveillance scientist
Antimicrobial pharmacist
Medical laboratory scientists in microbiology

What do we do?

The infection prevention and control team (IPCT) work together with all grades and disciplines of the staff of St. Vincent’s University Hospital to promote the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors by minimising or eliminating the risk of transmission of infection.  Our work includes: -
  • Clinical advice service
  • Infection prevention and control advice service
  • Education
  • Audit
  • Surveillance
  • Formulation of infection prevention and control guidelines for the hospital
  • Input into other services e.g., technical services, project works, commissioning, hygiene services, and waste management
Up until December 2008, the three hospitals of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group had a joint Infection Control Committee (ICC) that met regularly to support the IPCT of each hospital in their role.  This joint committee has been disbanded in order to allow management of local issues at local level, and is being replaced by a local ICC in each of the group hospitals.  The SVUH committee, which will meet later this month and which will have representatives from all relevant departments within the hospital, will report to the Patient Safety Committee. 
If all staff members adhere to correct infection control practices, then we can minimise or prevent the risk of transmission of infection to our patients, our visitors and our staff.  Optimal infection control practice applies not only to hand hygiene, but to many other clinical procedures and practices, as well as to correct management of waste, sharps, linen and correct decontamination of clinical equipment.
The infection prevention and control guidelines for SVUH are available at ward and departmental level, as well as on the hospital intranet.  These are currently being revised and the updated guidelines will be launched later in the spring.
The IPCT can be contacted on bleep 122 or at extensions 4088/4948.


Hours of Service

Monday to Friday 07:30- 18:00


3rd Floor, New Building in Microbiology Department

Main Contact Details

Tel: (01) 221 3291