Action on infection at the Chedworth Suite

Cleanliness and infections in hospital

Infections in the day unit are rare because patients are not in hospital for a long period of time. Nurses also follow strict infection control policies which include hand washing, the use of alcohol gel and the wearing of gloves and aprons.

Visitors and relatives should not sit on patient trolleys and should use the alcohol gel provided before coming into the unit.

If you have been in contact with chickenpox, measles or mumps within three weeks of your admittance to hospital, please inform a member of staff.

All patients undergoing invasive surgery will be screened for MRSA before they come into hospital. This will be done at the pre-admission clinic if not already screened at the outpatient appointment.

 

Hand washing

The most common means by which infection is transmitted is by hand, therefore handwashing is a very basic, yet vital infection control measure. Alcohol hand gel is kept at the entrance of the ward and at each bedside for all the visitors to use before and after visiting. For hygienic hand disinfection apply 3ml (3 shots) to physically clean hands for 30 seconds ensuring all areas are covered, until dry. Find out more about the Trust's Action on Infection.