How can you help as a Visitor
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 should be used instead of soap and water when hands
are not visibly dirty. There are signs showing you how to use them
- or ask the ward staff. Please wash your hands with soap and water
first if soiled.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands after visiting the
toilet and if assisting your relative or changing your child's
nappy. Then use the alcohol hand rub to kill off any remaining
Don't be shy!
If you have not seen them do so, please
ask the doctors and nurses and all health care workers if they have
cleaned their hands before they touch your friend or relative. They
should do this before and after every patient contact.
Keep sickness at bay!
If you feel unwell or have an infection
- do not visit until you feel better. Ask someone else to visit on
your behalf. You should be free of any symptoms (eg sickness and
diarrhoea) for at least two days before you visit again. Don't
bring children with you who are ill especially if they have a
respiratory illness or a recent history (within 48 hours) of
diarrhoea and/or vomiting.
Do not sit on beds
Please don't sit on the patient's bed,
use the chairs provided. Staff will be happy to help if none are
Only visit the person you have come to
visit and do not visit the other patients you may have come to
know. This will reduce the risk of transferring potentially harmful
infections from patient to patient and from visitor to patient.
Reduce the risk of infection
Do not touch patient's wounds, bandages
and dressings or medical equipment such as drips.