- Wash your hands frequently and carefully, especially before eating, after going to the toilet and whenever they look or feel dirty.
- If you are unable to wash your hands, please ask for a hand wipe. You may wish to bring some moist wipes into hospital with you?
- Take a bath or shower before surgery, but do not shave the operation area unless instructed to do so by your consultant or nurse.
- Do not touch or disturb your dressing or be tempted to ‘have a peek’ as this may introduce infection. Please speak to a member of the nursing staff if your dressing gets loose or wet and needs changing.
- If you have a catheter or drainage bag, please let your nurse know if it is full, loose or becomes dislodged. The nurse will empty the bag and/or ensure that any dressing around the site is kept clean and dry.
- Any intravenous device (usually a plastic needle in your arm or hand) is a potential entry site for germs. Ask for the device to be removed if it has not been used for 24-48 hours and tell a member of staff immediately if you experience pain, tenderness or redness around this area.
- Do not hesitate to remind doctors, nurses and any other healthcare staff to wash their hands.
- Please ask your visitors not to come to see you if they have been unwell with sickness, diarrhoea or another infection in the previous two days, or if they still feel unwell.
- There is alcohol hand gel is readily available throughout the hospital. To use simply dispense a shot of the gel into the centre of your hand, rub this all over both hands and allow to dry.
If you have any questions regarding your risk of infection, please do not hesitate to ask your consultant or nurse.