Advice for hospital visitors
How can you help us fight infection in the hospital environment?
Do not visit the hospital if:
You feel unwell
You have a cough or a cold in the last 48 hours (two days)
You have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 72 hours (three days)
When visiting please:
Do not use patient toilets
Do not sit on patients’ beds
Do not share food with patients or sit at the patient's bedside while eating
Handwashing advice for visitors
Please use the sinks at the entrance to the wards, or the nearest sink to the entrance, to wash your hands with soap and water. If you are visiting someone who is being barrier-nursed, please wash your hands in the sink in the side room when entering and leaving their room.
Why should you wash your hands?
The most common way germs are spread is by them being carried on people’s hands. Handwashing prevents any germs from outside the hospital being brought into the ward environment and being passed on to the patients or contaminating the clinical environment. Washing hands properly with soap and water can help protect not only patients but you, your family and others.
Advice for patients
If you are a patient, or you are going to be a patient, and you have worries or concerns about any infection control issues, please speak to ward/clinic staff. If they are unable to help, please ask them to contact the Infection Control Team.
Head of Infection Prevention and Control
T 07535 690587