Infection Prevention


intro-graphic-cleanliness.jpgEnsuring the safety of patients, visitors and staff is a priority for all of us at our hospitals.  Whilst we have made great strides in reducing hospital acquired infections, we are by no means complacent and are always looking at ways we can improve.  We need everyone’s help to achieve this, including yours.

When visiting a patient in one of our hospitals, please help us by:


  • Washing your hands with soap and water or using the free alcohol hand gel provided before visiting a patient and before leaving the hospital.
  • Not sitting on the bed. Please use the chairs provided.

  • Checking with ward staff before bringing in plants, flowers and food.

  • Not visiting if you have a cold, infection or stomach upset until you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. If you feel your visit is essential, ring the ward for advice or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

  • Where possible, keep children, especially babies, at home because they are more vulnerable to germs and infections brought into hospital.

    All our staff are trained in the importance of hand hygiene. If you think that a member of staff may have forgotten to clean their hands before touching a patient, then please remind them. They will not take offence. 

    If you feel uncomfortable with mentioning this direct to them, please ask to speak to another member of staff or the Manager on duty. 

    Find out more

    For further information, including contact details, directions, hospital facilities, visiting hours and car parking, please select a hospital from the list below: