What can you do to help control infection? 


  • If you have not seen our staff clean their hands before they touch you please just say ‘Have you cleaned your hands?
  • Always wash your hands after going to the toilet and before touching food.
  • Please use the alcohol gel provided at the entrances to wards and departments.
  • Tell a member of staff if you notice anywhere that has not been cleaned properly – such as the ward, bathrooms or toilets.
  • If you have a drip, drain or catheter that becomes sore please check with your nurse if it needs changing.
  • Please take the whole course of any antibiotic medicines you are given.
  • You should wash your hair and take a bath or shower as usual at home before coming in for surgery.
  • If you have diarrhoea please tell the nursing staff.


  • Please do not visit the hospital if your are unwell with cold-like symptoms or diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms.
  • Please do not sit on the bed, if there are no chairs available please ask a member of staff to provide you with one.
  • Any children visiting must be supervised all the time, so that they do not touch equipment or dressings.
  • Make sure you wash your hands on the ward or use alcohol gel before and after visiting a patient in hospital, and follow advice on notices of side room doors.
  • We request that no more than two visitors at any time around the bed, this helps us to clean the hospital effectively.

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What can you do to help control infection?