How can you help as a Patient
Use alcohol hand rub
Alcohol hand rub is provided at the
entrance and exit of all wards and departments and at the patient
bedside. This is for the use of all staff, patients and visitors
and should be used for hand hygiene insteadof soap and water, when
hands are not visibly dirty. Please wash your hands with soap and
water first if soiled.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands after visiting the toilet and if using a commode
please ask for washing facilities to be provided for your use. Also
if you have cold or cough symptoms please dispose of tissues in a
clinical waste bin after use and ask staff for assistance if you
are unable to access a bin.
Don't be shy!
Ask the doctors, nurses and all health care workers if they have
cleaned their hands before they touch you if you have not seen them
Don't clutter up your bed-space
Co-operate with the hospital cleaners when
they want to clean around your bed and keep personal belongings to
Adhere to local policies on visiting
Keep visitors to a minimum - close
friends and family only - maximum of 2 per bed-space at any time.
Young children and babies should be discouraged from visiting where
possible but there may be circumstances when it is the best
interest of the patient or child to visit. This should be discussed
with the ward manager and the patient's doctor.
Do not sit on beds
Discourage visitors from sitting on your
bed and don't sit on the beds of other patients. Chairs should be
provided for your visitors so please ask if none are readily
If you have an infection you may be asked to stay in a sideroom
or you may be cared for in a bay where there are other patients
with the same infection. For your own safety and for the safety of
other patients, please follow the isolation procedures and stay in
your room or by your own bed if you are asked to do so.
Keep sickness at bay!
Encourage visitors who are unwell not to visit
you until they feel better.
Use your own toiletries and do not borrow from
or lend to others.
Let us know!
Please report any problems i.e. spillages or
other concerns relating to hospital cleanliness to ward staff. Our
Modern Matrons are responsible for ensuring ward areas are clean
and hygienic and they will do all they can to address your
Please feel free to ask us if you are worried
about any aspect of your hospital stay and we will do our best to