Be a responsible visitor this winter

Monday, 23 December 2013

Winter is the time when infections such as flu and Norovirus (the diarrhoea and vomiting bug) are most prevalent in our communities.

As such, the Trust is reminding local people about the importance of being a responsible visitor to our hospitals this winter and help us keep our wards free of infections.

Sue Jones, Director of Nursing, said: “The last few winters have been some of the best we can remember as a trust in terms of lower numbers of bugs and infections.

“We think this is down to a number of factors including greater awareness-raising of infection control and prevention with our staff and members of the public, continued emphasis on hand washing and acting swiftly to restrict access to wards that have been affected.

“However, we cannot afford to be complacent and I would ask that anyone visiting follows the advice given by our staff and on our website, be responsible and help us keep our hospitals bug free this winter. Thank you for your co-operation.”

Please help protect your friends and relatives

  • Do not visit if feeling unwell with sickness, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat or flu
  • Do not visit for at least 48 hours after symptoms have stopped if you have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting
  • Do not sit on patient beds, please use the chairs provided
  • Follow our visiting policy, especially if restrictions are in place. If you are unable to do so seek advice from ward staff
  • Only two visitors should be at the bedside at any one time
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and warm water and use the hand gel provided especially after using the toilet
  • It is OK to ask staff if they have washed their hands
  • Check with staff about bringing in food items. Wrapped sweets are preferable to unwrapped
  • Talk to staff if you have concerns about the cleanliness of the ward or public areas
  • Use public toilets not patient toilets and remember to wash your hands
  • If in doubt ask a member of staff for advice.