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The Guy's and St Thomas' safety card

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Our safety card

Guy's and St Thomas' award-winning 'airline style' patient safety card is now available for all NHS trusts to use.

Designed as part of our inpatient Welcome Pack, the safety card supports our commitment to patient safety and enables patients to play an active role in their care.

Download the safety card for local printing

You are welcome to download the safety card artwork (PDF 912Kb) for local printing.

Making your stay with us safe video

This short film was created by Haelo and is based on the safety card and is also intended to help patients stay safe while they are in hospital.

  • Making your stay with us safe – video transcript

    Welcome to our hospital. While you're here your safety is our priority. And if you follow these eight simple steps you can help keep yourself safe during your stay.

    To help prevent falls please wear the hospital socks if provided, laced-up or snug fitting shoes or slippers with rubber soles. Use your usual walking aids and if you need any assistance, tell us.

    To help prevent blood clots, wear your hospital stockings if you've been advised to. And move as often as you can. Try to do simple leg and ankle exercises, drink fluids as recommended and take blood thinning tablets or injections as advised.

    To prevent infection wash your hands before and after visiting the toilet and before all meals. Don’t hesitate to ask our staff if they've washed their hands before any contact with you. Tell us if you have diarrhoea or vomiting.

    If you have tubes or needles attached to you, ask staff why they are there and if you still need them. There’s no need to be confused about your medicines. Tell us if you don't understand what your medicines are for or if you have an allergy. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any concerns you may have and ask about possible side effects.

    Pressure ulcers are not very nice. So if you can, try to keep mobile in bed and call us if you are uncomfortable. We are very happy to help you change position and if necessary we can provide you with a special mattress or cushion for support.

    Let us know if any of your personal information is wrong, like the name on your ID band, your address, your GP or your next of kin. Also tell us if you have any allergies and we'll give you a red ID band.

    If you have any concerns, don't forget we're here to help you. Talk to us if you have any worries or questions about your treatment or about what will happen when you leave hospital.

    Congratulations! You're leaving the hospital, but before you leave, make sure you have your discharge letter, you’ve got your medicines and they've been explained to you, you know who to contact if you have any questions or concerns and you know when your next appointment is. If you need any more information on how to make your stay with us safe, read the booklet provided, or ask a member of staff.


Further information

For more information, email See also Patient safety card goes national.

Our safety card: what patients think

In a patient survey, 80% of respondents reported that the safety card made them think more about taking responsibility for their own care and safety, and prompted them to change their behaviour to make their hospital stay safer.