Norovirus - Don't pass it on

Do not visit if you are unwell. You should be free of symptoms for at least two days before you visit the hospital.

Find more information about Norovirus and caring for it at home

Help Us Prevent Infection

Our stringent cleaning and infection prevention measures have meant the chances of patients acquiring an infection like MRSA while in our hospitals is well below most other large teaching hospitals and over the past four years we have been one of the most successful groups of hospitals in the country to prevent healthcare associated infections like MRSA and Clostridium Difficile.  

But to keep our hospitals clean of infections we need everyone including visitors to follow the simple steps as explained below.  

  • To lessen the chance of bringing infections onto the ward, use the hand rub or wash your hands in warm soapy water. This must done before you enter and on leaving the ward.
     
  • Children under the age of 12 years will be asked not to sit unless it is felt to be in the patient’s best interest. Brothers and sisters to babies born at the Jessop Wing are allowed to visit.
     
  • Do not visit if you are unwell. You should be free of symptoms for at least two days before you visit someone in hospital.
     
  • Do not sit on the beds as this can encourage the spread of germs. Please use the chairs provided.
     
  • Do not use the patients’ toilets. Ask the ward staff where the nearest public toilets are.
  • Do not touch the patient’s wounds or medical equipment that they are attached to such as drips and catheters. This can cause infections.
     
  • Do not share property such as toiletries, tissues or items of hospital equipment with other patients.

If you have any concerns about the cleanliness of the environment, please speak with with the ward manager or ask to see the matron on duty.

 
 

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Additional Information

Low risk of infection

Our stringent cleaning and infection prevention measures have meant the chances of patients acquiring an infection like MRSA while in our hospitals is well below most other large teaching hospitals.

Over the past five years there has been an 83% reduction in the number of MRSA bacteraemias.

We have reduced the number of cases of Clostridium difficile infection by 81%.
 

 
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