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Our Services A - Z - Infection Prevention Team

About the service

We are an integrated team providing a 24 hour service, working with patients, staff and visitors to prevent healthcare associated infections.

Please help us to prevent infections in our hospitals.

If you are a patient, we ask you to help us by:

  • Always washing your hands after going to the toilet and before meals.
  • Asking staff before they touch you whether they have washed their hands. Don’t feel afraid to question staff, they should not mind being questioned.
  • If you have a drip, drain or catheter, by not handling these yourself and if there is a problem with any of these, informing the nurse looking after you straightaway.
  • Telling a member of staff if you notice anywhere that has not been cleaned properly such as the ward, bathrooms or toilets.
  • Telling the staff caring for you as soon as possible if you have diarrhoea.
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics, by completing the course.

If you are a visitor, we ask you to help us by:

  • Not coming to hospital to visit if you are ill. You should be well for at least 48 hours before you visit.
  • Cleaning your hands with hand sanitising gel (or soap and water) every time you enter of leave a ward.
  • Not eating at the bedside or sitting on the bed whilst visiting patients.
  • Asking the nurse in charge on the ward if you have any questions.

 

Page last updated on 26th July 2021

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