Please help us to stop the spread of infection in our hospital.
Infections in hospital environments can quickly pass between visitors, patients and staff and can have devastating effect on those who are already poorly, particularly older people or those who have long-term health conditions.
Please help our staff to reduce infection and provide a safe, clean environment in which to care for our patients.
Advice for patients
- Always wash your hands after using the toilet or commode and before you eat
- If you have wounds, do not touch them or take dressings off yourself
- Do not share personal items, equipment or toiletries with other patients
- If a member of staff needs to help you with personal care or to carry out a procedure, don’t be afraid to ask them to wash their hands
- Remind visitors to clean their hands when entering and leaving the ward, particularly if they’ve helped you with your personal care
- If you feel unwell, please tell a member of nursing staff immediately, especially if you have vomiting or diarrhoea.
Advice for visitors
- Cleaning hands is the most effective way of preventing the spread of infection. When visiting patients, please clean your hands before entering the ward
- If you have had diarrhoea or vomiting, please do not visit the hospital until 48 hours after the symptoms have subsided
- If you have had flu or a cold, do not visit until the symptoms have subsided
- If you have any open wounds or cuts, cover them with a waterproof dressing
- If you are visiting a patient who has Clostridium difficile (C.Diff), if they vomit or have diarrhoea during your visit, please notify a member of staff and wash your hands with soap and warm water.