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Hand hygiene

Advice for patients

Many infections can be passed on by contact so we need the help of patients to prevent this. Cleaning hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of all infections and we encourage our patients to do this as well as our staff.

Here are a few tips:

  • ask the staff caring for you whether they have cleaned their hands - they really do not mind

  • use the hand cleaning facilities at every bed side, ward entrance and every bedside and encourage your visitors to do so as well

  • please tell a member of staff if you see a spillage or something which needs cleaning

  • please clean your hands with the gel before meals and wash them after you've used the toilet

  • please do not sit on another patient's bed

  • bring personal toiletries including soap and a clean flannel with you. Men should bring their own razor in with them.

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Cleaning hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of all infections and we encourage our patients to do this as well as our staff.

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While contagious viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses.

 

These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.

Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do.  We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here.  Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.