Infection control

Infection prevention and control is of utmost importance at the RD&E and everyone has a role to play in its success.

Our Infection Prevention and Control Team is a dedicated department which promotes the principles of clean, safe care and provides advice and guidance to staff, patients and the public. The team ensures that, as far as we possibly can, we protect patients in our care from healthcare associated infections. We do this through a range of prevention and control processes, information, education and audits to maintain consistently high standards across all sites.

You can help us to minimise the risk of avoidable infections by observing good infection prevention and control practices when using and/or visiting our services.  

Patients can help by

  • Reporting anything you are not happy about, whether it is the cleanliness of the area you are in, the hand hygiene of staff, or some other matter
  • Reminding staff to clean their hands if you have not seen them do it
  • Washing your own hands frequently, particularly before eating - please ask your nurse if you need help.
  • Bathing or showering regularly
  • Telling us if you have any signs of infection, particularly diarrhoea and/or vomiting
  • Wearing closed-toe shoes or slippers – don't walk around barefoot
  • Not touching your wounds or devices such as a catheter or drip unnecessarily
  • Keeping your bed area as tidy and clutter-free as you can, to make it easier to clean thoroughly

Visitors can help by

  • Staying at home if you have any flu like symptoms or if you have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours (two days)
  • Keeping young children, especially babies, at home because they are more vulnerable to infections
  • Practice good hand hygiene when visiting
  • Limiting the number of visitors to two at a time per patient and take note of the visiting times on the ward
  • Reporting to a member of staff if you think the hospital is not as clean as it should be
  • Reminding staff to clean their hands if you have not seen them do it
  • Following any additional instructions given by ward staff, which may be necessary

More ways to help prevent an infection

  1. Clean your hands with alcohol hand gel or soap and water, particularly before eating and after going to the toilet
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and throw away used tissues, then clean your hands
  3. Avoid visiting public places if you are unwell with diarrhoea and/or vomiting or have flu like symptoms
  4. Ensure you are up to date with vaccinations to avoid disease and fight the spread of infection
  5. Ensure good personal hygiene - here are some common sense personal hygiene tips: brush your teeth at least twice a day as mouth care is very important and clean intact oral mucous membranes assist in preventing infections.
  6. Nutrition and diet - eating healthy balanced meals is especially important to a person who is recovering from an illness

The Trust’s role

We take the safety of our patients extremely seriously at the RD&E and infection prevention and control is essential.

For more information about our comprehensive approach to preventing and effectively controlling healthcare associated infection at the Trust, please visit our 'Infection Prevention and Control' clinical services page.


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