Infection Prevention & Control

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We take infection prevention and control very seriously. It is a fundamental part of the everyday care of patients, and every member of staff within the hospital is committed to upholding a high standard of infection control

Keeping our hospitals clean

We pride ourselves on having clean, safe hospitals.

Although the risk of getting an infection while in hospital is low, careful attention to the prevention and control of infections is a high priority for us. 

Through a variety of initiatives, we have performed well against targets to reduce the incidence and spread of healthcare associated infections like MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

We have robust plans in place to do this, but you can also help us by: 

  • washing your hands with soap and water and/or using the alcohol hand gels when you enter or leave a ward or department
  • telling a member of staff when the alcohol gel dispenser is empty
  • politiely challenging a member of staff if you notice they have not washed their hands or used alcohol gel when they are treating you or another patient
  • staying at home if you have a cold, infection or stomach upset, only visiting if you have been symptom free for 72 hours
  • sitting on a chair at a patient's bedside, not the bed
  • telling  a member of staff if you have any concerns about the cleanliness of our wards or departments

Find out more about our Combat Norovirus Campaign.

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More information

Take a look at our patient information leaflets to find out more about MRSA screening, norovirus and preparing for surgery.