​​Help us prevent the spread of infections

We understand that you will be anxious to visit family or friends when they are unwell in hospital, but we strongly advise and request that you do not visit if you are unwell, as this could be detrimental to patients, staff and other visitors. You should be free of any symptoms for 48 hours before coming to the ward. This includes cough, colds, vomiting and diarrhoea.

If your relative is found to have an infection whilst in hospital, please speak to the nurse in charge when you visit as there may be special precautions which need to be taken when visiting is taking place. Please ensure that you thoroughly wash and dry your hands after visiting the toilet. Please do not sit on the bed or use the patients' toilets.

Please do not share the patient's toiletries, tissues or items of hospital equipment with other patients, unless it has been approved by a member of the nursing team. Please do not touch the patient's wound or any devices such as drips or catheters.

Please talk to the Ward Manager or ask to see the Matron if you have any concerns about the cleanliness of the environment, during office hours Monday to Friday.

Hand hygiene

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust takes its responsibility to protect people from the spread of infection very seriously. Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection. Alcohol hand gel is also effective, providing people's hands are clean. Our hands are normally covered in two types of bacteria which we cannot see:

- Those which normally live there and are harmless.

- Those which are picked up on our hands from surfaces and objects in our environment, for example door handles. These types of bacteria can travel to other people.

- The travelling bacteria can easily pass into people's bodies and cause infection, particularly when they are ill or after an operation when their immune systems are less effective. This means that their body's ability to destroy bacteria is reduced. There are two simple measures that we can take to prevent spread of infection by bacteria:

- Everyone must wash their hands when they are visibly dirty, especially upon visiting hospital wards and departments. Click here to read more

- Everyone must use hand sa​nitizer gel dispensers upon entering the hospital and wards or departments, even when hands appear visibly clean. Click here for instructions

- Dispensers are found at the main entrance to the hospital and at ward and/or department entrances.

- Let's all cooperate together to help prevent the spread of infection.

Infections in hospital

Here are some of the high profile infections that every hospital must control: