There are plenty of things you can do to help us, these include:
- Wash or clean your hands before and after visiting the hospital and always after using the toilet.
- Use soap and water to wash your hands and make sure you wash and dry them thoroughly. There are handwash sinks at the entrance to all of our wards.
- There are also hand-gel stations at the entrances to our hospitals.
- Please don’t sit on your friend/family member’s bed, or on other patients’ beds.
- If you have symptoms such as flu, diarrhoea or vomiting or infections such as chicken pox, please do not visit because you could easily infect someone else.
- We don’t recommend that young children visit, please talk to the nurse in charge beforehand if you’d like them to.
If anything to do with infection prevention is worrying you, feel free to challenge staff, they won’t mind. You can also always speak to a senior member of staff. Our infection prevention team also provides a 24-hour advice and guidance service.
Find out more about how we work to prevent infection on our quality and safety standards page.
For some top tips on washing your hands well see this BBC video