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Treating patients in the most appropriate setting and managing bed pressures means that it is often necessary to transfer patients between wards and hospital sites however infectious patients should only be moved if deemed clinically necessary.

This policy stipulates the process that must be followed for patient transfers from:

  • Within Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust (ASPH) sites
  • Local inpatient community hospitals
  • Other hospitals
  • Nursing / Residential homes



To ensure all staff are aware of the patient’s infection status to reduce the risk of cross infection on admission and transfer both within (ASPH) and external healthcare establishments and ensure patient safety at all times.

The member of staff responsible for the care of the patient will provide both verbal and written information advising on what precautions are required, to a senior member of staff of the receiving area, prior to transfer of the patient.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: The Infection Control Team
Ratified by: Clinical Governance Committee
Date Ratified: October 2017
Date Issued: August 2019
Review Date: October 2020
Target Audience: All Trust staff
Contact name: Infection Prevention and Control team


See also:

  • MRSA Policy
  • Policy and Procedure for Control of Clostridium difficile diarrhoea
  • Control of Tuberculosis in Hospital
  • Infection Control Outbreak/Incident Policy including Major Outbreak Policy
  • Isolation Policy
  • Trust’s Admission and Discharge Policy