What you can do to help?

  • Keeping your hands and body clean is important when you are in hospital. Take personal toiletries including soap and a clean flannel with you.
  • Taking a container of moist anti-bacterial hand wipes with you will ensure you always have some available when you need to clean your hands, for example immediately before you eat a meal.
  • Ensure you always wash your hands after using the toilet and if you use a commode.
  • Hospital staff can help protect you by washing their hands, or by cleaning them with special alcohol rub or gel. If a member of staff needs to examine you or perform a procedure, e.g. change your dressing, do not be afraid to ask if they have first washed their hands or used an alcohol rub or gel.
  • Try to keep the top of your locker and bed table reasonably free from clutter. Too many things left on top make it more difficult for the cleaning staff to clean your locker and bed table properly.
  • If you visit the bathroom or toilet, and you are concerned that it does not look clean report this immediately to the nurse in charge of the ward. Request it be cleaned before you use it, and use an alternative in the meantime.
  • Your bed area should be cleaned regularly. If you or your visitors see something that has been missed during cleaning report it to the nurse in charge and request it is cleaned.
  • Always wear something on your feet when walking around the hospital.
  • Ensure your visitors use the hand gel on arrival to and departure from the Ward.
  • Please make sure that if your visitors are feeling unwell or have had diarrhoea and or vomiting in the last 48 hours they must stay away from the hospital.
  • Visitors must not sit on the beds and are requested to use the chairs provided.