About infection prevention and control
The hospital treats infection prevention and control as a top priority. Infection prevention is regarded as everyone’s business – staff, patients and visitors. We can all help to reduce the risk of anyone acquiring an infection while they are in our care.
How you can help
When visiting the hospital, use the hand rubs in reception and use hand rub or wash your hands before entering and when leaving wards – this helps prevent the spread of germs on your skin.
- Catch it! Bin it! Kill it! Sneeze into a tissue, then bin it straight away – this helps prevent the spread of germs in the air.
- Wash you hands carefully after using the toilet – this helps prevent the spread of germs on your hands.
- Family and friends are asked not to visit the hospital if they have a cold or other infection – this helps protect patients and staff from infection.
- If you have or have recently had a diarrhoea or vomiting bug, please do not visit the hospital unless essential for 48 hours after your last symptoms.
Our infection prevention and control team
Our infection prevention and control team act as expert resources to enable clinical staff to prevent infection and control it where it occurs.
The team work autonomously as specialist practitioners and offer the following services:
- helping to prevent and control infection
- infection surveillance
- investigating outbreaks
- updating policies, leaflets and procedures
- advising on the selection, maintenance and decontamination of equipment
- educating and training staff, patients and visitors on infection risk, principles of infection control including hand hygiene
- providing advice on infectious diseases.
Please read Healthcare-associated infection (HCAI): Reducing the risk
Page last updated: December 2017