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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 germs.

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 readily available.

Visiting patients

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.