With regular audits and strict hygiene standards we work hard and place great importance in reducing the risk of infection for our patients, visitors and staff.
Infection prevention and control is fundamental to patient safety
People who are ill, injured or have an opening, such as a wound or tube placed in the body, are more at risk of developing an infection.
Infections can increase the time it takes patients to recover and lead to a longer stay in hospital or worse.
How you can help
Please follow our hand hygiene guidance.
If you notice that a ward area, toilet or bathroom is dirty, please tell a member of staff straight away and they will arrange for it to be cleaned.
If you are a patient:
try not to touch your wound, drip or catheter and don't take off your dressing
ask friends and relatives not to visit you if they are unwell
Why can't all infections be avoided?
However hard we work, not all infections can be avoided; patients may:
already have an infection when they come into hospital
be having surgery or treatment that increases the risk of infection
have a low immune system (the body's defence system), making them more vulnerable to infections