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Patients can help our fight against infections

  • Please bring your own toiletries with you to hospital and please do not share your toiletries with other patients or leave them in communal areas
  • Please only bring essential items into hospital, to avoid the bed space becoming cluttered and difficult to clean
  • Please make sure you wear well fitting shoes or slippers when you get out of bed and please remove footwear when you get back on or into your bed
  • Please do not sit on other patient beds
  • Ask a nurse if you need any help to wash your hands after using the toilet/commode or before meals. Hand wipes can be requested
  • You have the right to ask any member of hospital staff if they have cleaned their hands or any relevant items of equipment, before they attend to you. Please speak to the nurse in charge or Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) if you feel uncomfortable asking about this
  • If you have any concerns whatsoever about cleanliness or tidiness, please tell us by speaking to the nurse in charge
  • Sometimes, as a patient, you may be asked to move to a different bed or ward, or you may be asked not to visit other patients in the ward or other wards. This can help control the spread of infection
  • Please do not interfere with your drips or catheters if these are sited during your stay as this presents a risk of infection

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