Infection prevention and control

Our Infection Control team is committed to the development and maintenance of a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.

Whilst not all infections are preventable, a proportion of healthcare-associated infections are. With that in mind, infection prevention and control and basic hygiene are at the heart of good management and clinical practice and therefore vitally important to the work we do at Benenden Hospital.

We've introduced thorough pre-admission screening, invested in high tech theatres, provided extensive training for our own cleaning teams, and are Matron-led to ensure that our strategy to enable a clean, infection-free environment is adhered to at all times.

Our high-tech and methodical approach to infection control means we offer a safe, clean environment, with no cases of Bacteraemia or Septicaemia related to MRSA, and no cases of Clostridium Difficile (as defined by the Department of Health) - since 2002.

We always seek to ensure that appropriate resources are allocated to provide effective protection of patients, staff and visitors health from hospital-acquired infection, communicable disease and antibiotic resistance.

Hand hygiene

Monthly Hand Hygiene Audits are completed in all clinical areas, and assessments and training is completed in non-clinical areas using a U.V. light box and torch. This ensures that our high standards are maintained across the organisation.

MRSA screening

We are proud of our zero rate for MRSA blood stream infections and carry out a rigorous screening programme to maintain this excellent record, with all patients undergoing surgery being screened for MRSA.

Decontamination Services

We have our own on-site Decontamination Services Department which washes, disinfects, packs and sterilises reusable instruments for all the departments within the hospital. It adheres to strict guidelines from the Department Of Health and is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

Clostridium Difficile

We have a strict Clostridium Difficile (C.Difficile) policy to ensure that neither patients, visitors nor staff enter the hospital if suffering from C.Difficile.


Norovirus - also known as the winter vomiting virus or bug -  is extremely contagious. We work hard to reduce the risk of norovirus to our patients, visitors, and staff. 

Antibiotic Resistance

As members of the Antibiotic Guardian scheme, we're working hard to contribute to the safe use of antibiotics and to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections.

You're in safe hands

You're in safe hands at Benenden Hospital

Following the Government's announcement regarding COVID guidance, from 19 July 2021 measures in all healthcare settings remain unchanged. This means that the wearing of face masks, social distancing and COVID-related measures will remain in place for the continued safety of our patients, visitors and staff.