Further Information

Visitors

We advise that only close relatives and friends visit patients in DCC. This helps to control infections, enables staff to complete their duties and ensures patients receive the rest and quiet which is an important part of their recuperation. No more than 2 visitors at a time should go to the bedside.

Visiting times

We welcome visitors in the afternoon and evening and at other times by arrangement with the nursing staff. Mornings are very busy and visitors may have to wait for long periods

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Arrival at DCC

Visitors should check with the receptionist whether they can visit patients when they arrive at DCC. Visitors may have to wait until patients are ready, please bear with us. Please do not enter the patient area unless escorted by a staff member or without their permission

The main doors are locked after office hours and at the weekend, please use the Entryphone outside DCC.

Mobile Phones

Please do not use your mobile phone within the patient area as the signal may interfere with our equipment. You may use it within the waiting room or on the landing outside the lifts.

Going to the Ward from DCC

It not unusual for patients and family to feel apprehensive when being discharged from DDC. However, transferring to the hospital ward means patients no longer need the specialist treatment DCC provides so it is an important and positive step on the way to recovery.

For the first few days patients may be visited by specialist nurses who work with the DCC team. These “Outreach” nurses will monitor your progress and provide any further advice needed to ensure your recovery continues.

Cleanliness and Infections in Hospital

Some people are admitted to hospital with infections that require them to be cared for away from other patients to prevent the spread of that particular infection. Please follow the instructions given to you by staff.

You will be nursed in a single room; the door may need to remain closed, depending on the nature of your infection. Please pay particular attention to hand washing and general cleanliness at all times, especially when leaving the room.

If you have been in contact with chickenpox, measles or mumps within 3 weeks of your admittance to hospital, please inform a member of staff.

We ask that visitors suffering from minor infections such as a cold avoid visiting if possible, for their sake as well as the patients. We do not recommend babies being brought in to visit, again for their own protection.

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.

Visitors are requested not to sit on patients beds, this is to help minimise the risk of spread of infection and for other health and safety reasons. For Further information on Cleanliness and Infection please click here.