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Reducing infection

Preventing the spread of infections and maintaining a hygienic environment for patients, staff and visitors is of paramount importance.

Infectious illnesses.
If you know, or think, that you may have an infectious condition , please contact the relevant ward or department before visiting. If you have an infectious condition such as chicken pox, measles,
diarrhoea or vomiting we may ask you not to come into hospital, as these infections could pose a risk to others.

To reduce the spread of infections we ask you to avoid sitting on hospital beds.

Hand washing.
There are hand rub dispensers at the entrance to every ward. Please use this to clean your hands on entering or leaving a ward. Using the hand rub kills any germs on your hands and reduces the risk of introducing infection to patients within the ward. Please inform staff if the dispensers are empty.

Flowers.
If you wish to bring or send flowers, please check with ward staff first. Flowers are not allowed in some areas of the hospital as the water in vases can be an infection risk.

Extra infection control measures.
From time to time we may need to transfer patients between wards. This is usually if they have an infectious condition that poses a risk to others or to protect them from infection or because of Bed Management.

If this is the case, you must ask nursing staff about any precautions you need to take and whether there are any restrictions to visiting.