Infection Matters

Infection Matters Profile

Mrs Pauline MacDonald ARRC, MSc, BSc (Hons), FRSPH
Independent Nurse Consultant and Director

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A nursing and infectious diseases professional with over 35 years experience in both the NHS and the British Ministry of Defence and a national profile in immunisation, Pauline has been working in the fields of infection prevention and control, immunisation and communicable disease for over 15 years. Throughout her career Pauline has worked in hospitals, primary care settings, clinics, outpatient departments and organisational headquarters in UK, Germany and Hong Kong and in field based conditions in Iraq. Her nursing background prior to entering her current infectious diseases specialism was primarily Oncology but she has worked in general medicine, surgery, gynaecology and high dependency.

Pauline is a strong, confident communicator and a proven leader. She is experienced in managing demanding and complex workloads, using honed management skills, organised administrative planning and structured project management techniques.

Pauline is Director and Independent Nurse Consultant for Infectcion Matters, providing consultancy, advice and education related to immunisation, infection and communicable disease issues.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – SARS-CoV-2

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – SARS-CoV-2

In December 2019 an novel coronavirus was reported among patients in China. The virus has since been named SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- Coronavirus- 2). The disease it causes is named COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19 (’19’ after the year 2019 in which it was first discovered). This virus causes, like other coronaviruses, causes common cold […]

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The Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance

The Health and Social Care Act 2008: Code of practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance (2015) is the seminal text on infection prevention and control for all organisations. The Care Quality Commission, who regulate and inspect all healthcare providers, use this document to measure compliance and quality of an organisation’s […]

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Vaccination of individuals with uncertain or incomplete immunisation status

Vaccination of individuals with uncertain or incomplete immunisation status

It is not always possible to know a patient’s previous immunisation history however it is important to ensure that they are fully protected against vaccine preventable diseases.This document, created by Public Health England, is invaluable in assisting immunisers in their decisions regarding which vaccines to give to individuals who have uncertain or incomplete immunisation records. […]

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Complete Routine Immunisation Schedule

Complete Routine Immunisation Schedule

The complete routine immunisation schedule is updated whenever changes are made to the national programme. It is vital that all staff involved in advising or giving immunisations is aware of the current schedule and has a copy of this to hand. The latest version can be accessed here.

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