Introduction

This policy was originally created to combined three separate policies; HEPATITIS B INFECTED HEALTH CARE WORKERS, HEPATITIS C INFECTED HEALTH CARE WORKERS and MANAGEMENT OF AIDS/HIV IN INFECTED HEALTH CARE WORKERS. It applies to all health care workers employed by Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, (‘the Trust’) including doctors, nurses, midwives, visiting health care workers, students and other professionals or health care workers (HCWs) who have direct clinical care of patients.

All independent contractors, locums, agency workers, students, staff on secondment and other visiting HCWs providing direct clinical care of patients are also required to comply with this policy, and it is their professional responsibility to seek advice about the need to be tested and seek appropriate professional advice if they have, or believe they have been exposed to a bloodborne virus (BBV). They should contact the Trust’s Occupational Health (OH) Department in the first instance for advice, regardless of their employment status.

 

Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Sarah Holling, Specialist Occupational Health Adviser
Ratified by: Infection Control Committee
Date Ratified: December 2023
Date Issued: January 2024
Review Date: December 2026
Target Audience: All employees, locums, agency workers, students and honorary contract healthcare workers
Contact name: Sarah Holling, Occupational Health Nurse Consultant

 

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