Help us fight infection

Hand hygiene is the single most important way of preventing the spread of infection and if all of us work together we can continue to reduce the risk of infection.

infection control

We take infection prevention and control and cleanliness very seriously at the trust, to make sure we are giving our patients the best possible care in the best possible environment.

Patients and visitors using our hospitals can give a helping hand in reducing the risk of infection in many ways.

 

You can help by:

  • cleaning your hands – use alcohol hand rub or wash your hands when entering or leaving a ward and before and after contact with a patient
  • limiting the number of items you bring into hospital – clutter makes it more difficult to clean and therefore prevent infection.
  • telling us if toilets or other areas don’t look clean
  • not sitting on patients’ beds. Please use available chairs
  • not visiting friends or loved ones if you feel unwell and have illnesses such as colds unless it is absolutely necessary

How we are protecting you from infection

We have a bare below the elbows policy in our clinical areas which means that our staff work with short or rolled up sleeves, no nail polish, or watches and jewellery except for a plain wedding band.

Our infection, prevention and control team provide:

  • advice to all trust staff about the prevention and management of infection. This includes the management of outbreaks of infection such as diarrhoea and vomiting
  • advice and information to patients and carers
  • education about infections and how to prevent and control them for all clinical staff
  • policies, guidelines and protocols to ensure care is evidence based and high quality
  • advice about building and refurbishment projects within the trust
  • input into monitoring of environmental cleanliness, working closely with clinical matrons and patient representatives

Director of infection control annual reports

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns you can contact the infection prevention and control team from Monday to Friday on 01642 383280 or email ipc@nth.nhs.uk