COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place at The Walton Centre

Restrictions remain in place across the NHS in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety measures in place over the 18 months therefore remain in place at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community – until further notice.

Due to the increased transmission risk posed by the Omicron variant, visiting has been suspended within The Walton Centre except for exceptional circumstances.

Infection prevention and control

Service detail

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) team are a group of specialist nurses who provide advice and support on all matters relating to infection prevention and control.


The team's aim is to minimise the risks of infection to all patients who receive care or treatment or have contact with The Walton Centre's services.


To ensure the possibility of infection is reduced, there are a number of methods the Trust has in place, including:

  • A clean and tidy environment
  • Making sure equipment is clean
  • Screening for MRSA and CPE
  • Education, training and information to staff, patients and visitors
  • Regular monitoring of infections and incidents
  • Monitoring standards
  • Working together with local and national organisations to make sure our services are safe


Our staff can also protect you by washing their hands with soap and water or by using an alcohol gel. If a member of staff needs to examine you or perform a procedure, do not be afraid to ask if they have washed their hands.




To protect vulnerable patients in our care from infection we ask that visitors:


  • Do not come to the hospital if they have symptoms of COVID-19 e.g. cough, temperature or have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or has had a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Do not to come to the hospital if they have been unwell in the last 48 hours, especially with a cold, diarrhoea or vomiting. They must wait until they have been clear of symptoms for at least 48 hours before visiting.
  • Wear a surgical mask and check their temperature on arrival to the hospital.
  • Clean their hands either with soap and water or the alcohol gel provided at the ward entrances, before and after visiting.

Contact the person in charge before or on arrival to the ward/department if they are unsure if the person they are visiting has an infection.

Patient leaflets

Blood Stream Infection

A blood stream infection, also known as a bacteraemia, blood poisoning or septicaemia, is an infection caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream

Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)

Enterobacteriaceae are bugs which can live in the gut of humans and animals

Clostridium Difficile

Clostridium difficile is a cause of diarrhoea, which may be acquired in hospital.

ESBL - Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase Producing Bacteria

ESBL’s are chemicals (enzymes) produced by bacteria which can stop antibiotics being effective. It is common for these bugs to live in your bowel and not cause any problems, this is called colonisation. 

Hand hygiene

Most healthcare associated infections are preventable through good hand hygiene – cleaning hands at the right time and in the right way.

Infection Prevention Guidance for Visiitors

As visitors you play an important role in keeping the hospital free of infection by following these guidelines.

Monitoring Surgical Wounds for Infection

A surgical wound infection occurs when germs from our skin and the environment enter the incision that the surgeon makes through the skin in order to carry out the operation.


MRSA is a common germ known as Staphylococcus Aureus, which has developed a resistance to some antibiotics.

Norovirus information sheet

Frequently asked questions about norovirus

Urinary catheter - Preventing infection

What is a urinary catheter and how to prevent an infection 

Urinary tract infections - reducing the risk

A UTI is an infection in the bladder or the urethra (the small tube connecting the bladder to the outside of the body). 

Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE)

VRE stands for Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci.

View all related Patient leaflets

Page last updated: 10 June 2021