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Help us to fight infection

Healthcare associated infections can be introduced and spread by anyone including patients and visitors. Infection, prevention and control is everyone’s business and the following information explains how you can help us to protect patients from infection. Please talk to the ward staff or the Infection, Prevention & Control Team if you have any questions or concerns about your particular circumstances.

Hand hygiene

In most instances you can use the hand gel as this is a very effective way to clean your hands. You should always do this on entering and leaving the ward area. You will find bottles of gel at the entrances to wards and at the bed spaces. In some instances, for example, if a patient has diarrhoea, you will be advised to wash your hands with soap and water. The ward staff will advise you. When cleaning your hands, please pay particular attention to all areas of your hands and wrists.

General infection, prevention and control advice

  • Please do not visit if you have had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 72 hours
  • Please avoid bringing in unnecessary items and belongings. This will assist us in maintaining high standards of cleanliness. Too much clutter on bed tables and lockers make it difficult to clean effectively. Critical care cannot accept flowers
  • Non-perishable foods can be brought in. We do not recommend other food being brought as gifts - please see the nurse-in-charge of the ward for further advice
  • Always use the alcohol hand rub as you enter and on leaving the ward/unit
  • Remove outdoor coats when visiting the critical care area
  • Please do not sit on the patient’s bed or chair
  • If a pillow or any bed linen touches or falls onto the floor, please tell a nurse so they can replace it with clean linen
  • Please use designated visitor toilets - do not use patient or staff toilets
  • Please do not touch a patients wound, dressings, drips, tubes or medical equipment
  • Please do not go into ward kitchens
  • If you visit another patient, you must thoroughly wash your hands before and after visiting them
  • Children should not be allowed to crawl on the floor. They must be closely supervised at all times

Related documents
Patient guide to isolation precautions
Hand hygiene; a patient guide


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