We know that hand washing and cleaning is the single most important measure we can all take to prevent the spread of infection in hospitals.
Visitors to our hospitals can also help the fight against infection by using the alcohol hand gel before entering and leaving ward and department areas.
These are available from wall-mounted dispensers at the entrance to all clinical areas. Always wash your hands with soap and dry thoroughly if you use the visitor toilets.
Visiting is restricted to two people at a time.
Visiting times are 3pm to 7.30pm. Please respect the times in the day needed for patients to rest and to receive treatment
Try not to visit in your work clothes if your job involves contact with dusty or dirty environments
Follow any specific guidance given to you by staff, displayed on posters or advertised on our social media pages
Please sit on a chair and not the hospital beds
Please refrain from visiting your relative or friend if you have a cold or have had or been in contact with someone with diarrhoea or vomiting within the last 48 hours
Report any concerns about cleanliness standards to the nurse in charge
Whilst you are visiting at the hospital please do not use the patient toilets. There are separate toilets for visitors usually located on the main corridors or near entrances
Please help us keep our hospital clean and tidy by disposing of waste, for example, used tissues or sweet wrappers
You may be asked to move to allow cleaning of the area around the bed - we appreciate your co-operation
If you are taking your relatives/ friends washing home, please do so on a regular basis so there is no build-up of used laundry in their locker
Only commercially prepared, wrapped items of food or fruit that can be peeled should be taken in for patients. Food brought in for patients cannot be stored or reheated by the staff.
Thank you for your co-operation
Clostridium difficile (C.diff)
We have made huge progress in controlling this superbug in the last five years, and the number of new cases per month is now very small. We control the use of antibiotics tightly (these are recognised to be probably the strongest factor in causing C.diff infection) and any patient with diarrhoea is speedily isolated, if possible within four hours. We have fast track cleaning teams who are trained to use additional cleaning methods to clean isolation rooms and ward bays used by infected patients.
If you are unfortunate enough to get C.diff, we will tell your GP so that (s)he will know how best to prevent your getting it again.
This is the germ that causes infectious gastroenteritis in schools, nurseries, residential homes and hospitals usually during the winter. It is highly contagious. As soon as we have a confirmed case, we will warn visitors, staff and other patients; it is best not to visit the hospital at this time unless you must. Careful handwashing will help to protect you from infection.
Click here for NHS choices Norovirus information.
This infection tends to occur in epidemics in the winter. Usually, affected patients are elderly, but this isn't always the case. All people over the age of 65, and some younger people are eligible for free vaccination every Autumn, which will give you complete protection. At times of influenza epidemic, hospitals are under very great strain, so again visit only if absolutely necessary. Follow the Department of health advice to 'Catch it, bin it, kill it'.
Every year the Infection Prevention & Control team prepare hospital staff for the expected influenza epidemic with education sessions and training in the correct use of protective masks.
Click here for NHS choices Influenza information.