Infection Prevention and Control
General Infection Control Advice
Each year thousands of people; patients, staff and visitors, pass through our Surgical Centre and it is our priority is to do our very best to minimise the risk of infection that such a busy environment presents.
Hand Gels are location all around the premise. These are for use by any members of staff that come to examine, help or treat patients, for patients to use themselves and for visitors to use when they come to see someone. Wash hand basins can also be found in each bay area on the ward.
Airborne viruses, such as diarrhoea and sickness bugs are sometimes brought into the hospital from the community. These can come from patients, who may show no symptoms at the time of admission, visitors or staff.
They can spread very quickly and cause considerable disruption to the hospital if it is necessary to temporarily close wards to new admissions. Although unpleasant at the time, these viruses do not normally have any long term effect on health, although they can be more serious in the elderly or very young.
We would ask that patients who have been unwell, or have others at home who were unwell before they came into hospital, that they let us know. Visitors who have been unwell themselves should stay away from the hospital for at least 48 hours after symptoms have passed.
How you can help
You can play a big part in reducing the spread of infection and keeping yourself healthy.
Here are some simple actions everyone should take at ALL times:
- Please do not visit if you have symptoms of any infection for example cold, diarrhoea, vomiting/nausea
- Don’t bring children to visit
- Do not have more than 2 visitors with any patient at a time
- Don’t sit on beds or patient bedside chairs or use any patient equipment
- Do not use patient’s drinking cups etc
- Do not bring food into hospital unless this has been agreed with nursing staff
- Always wash your hands when you arrive at the bedside, before you have any physical contact with any patient
- Always wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet
- Always wash you hands at the end of visiting before you leave the bedded area
Feel free to ask any member of staff if they have washed their hands before or after they touch a patient or handle food/medicines