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Advice for visitors

Bacteria are all around us in our everyday lives and can be found in your home, in the workplace and out in the community. In fact, the human body contains ten times more bacteria cells than it does human cells.

It is only when a person becomes very ill, their immune system does not work as well or a bacteria gets into the bloodstream that they can cause illness. Here are some tips on how you can help us reduce the spread of hospital infections:

  • use the disinfectant hand gel dispensers provided in each ward and at every patient bedside every time you enter and leave the ward
  • wash your hands after visiting the toilet then use the alcohol hand rub to kill off any remaining germs
  • do not visit if you are unwell - you should be free of any symptoms (eg sickness and diarrhoea) for at least two days before you visit
  • do not sit on the patient's bed - please use the chairs provided
  • do not touch patient's wounds, bandages and dressings or medical equipment such as drips
  • patients should have their own toiletries and should never borrow from other patients

Visitors Code

The Trust has published a visitors' code which outlines ten simple steps, aimed at keeping us all safe and helping patients rest and recover when in hospital.

The Trust has published a visitors' code which outlines ten simple steps, aimed at keeping us all safe and helping patients rest and recover when in hospital.

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Coronavirus

If you have returned from China, South East Asia, Iran  or northern Italy in the last 14 days please visit the website www.gov.uk/coronavirus for further information.

If you have travelled from one of the countries or  areas listed on that website and have a fever, shortness of breath or a cough please do not go to the hospital or your GP. Stay at home and call NHS 111 for further advice, even if your symptoms are mild.

If you need to come to hospital for any other reason  please be reassured our hospitals are functioning as normal.