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Cleanliness and preventing infection

Cleanliness and hygiene in hospitals are priorities for us. It is now very rare that patients catch MRSA or C. difficile in our hospitals. This success is down to the rigorous cleaning regime by our staff but also patients and visitors.

Please wash your hands before entering or leaving the ward. And tell us if you or any of your family have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the 48 hours before your admission.

Help yourself to alcohol hand gel where ever you see the handwash sign (right). It is also available at your bedside.

Please:

  • Always wash or cleanse your hands with a hand wipe after using the toilets and before eating – please ask if you need help.
  • Tell a member of the ward team if your ward, bathroom or piece of equipment is unclean.
  • Do not sit on other patients’ beds.
  • It is ok to ask all our staff if they have washed their hands before touching you. They will not mind. We expect all our clinical staff cleanse their hands before and after contact with you and to be bare below the elbows to allow effective hand washing.
  • If you have a wound or a drain or drip, try to avoid touching it. If a dressing is loose or soiled, tell one of the nursing staff.
  • Remind visitors to clean their hands before and after visiting you, and to use the visitors’ toilets, if needed.
  • If you are coming into hospital for an operation, please bath or shower using soap on the morning of your operation. You do not need to shave the operation area. Please avoid nail varnish and moisturisers.