Helping to keep patients safe

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Preventing and controlling infection in hospitals is very important. Please help us keep everyone safe by following these safety instructions.

Infection prevention and control 
If family members/visitors are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, or a "tummy bug", or have been in contact with anyone with as COVID-19, measles, mumps, rubella or chickenpox in the last three weeks, please do not visit the hospital unless you have been cleared as per Public Health guidance.

If you are unsure, please telephone your child’s ward before coming in to see your child.

Hand hygiene

Germs are invisible and are usually passed from one person to another through direct contact, for example, germs on hands after sneezing and touching another person or germs on your hands after touching  a contaminated surface.

Play your part to help prevent the spread of infection (including COVID-19) by knowing how and when to wash your hands. 

You can use alcohol hand gel to clean your hands if soap and water are not available.

When should you clean your hands?

Examples of when to clean your hands are (but not limited to):

Before:

  • Entering or leaving the hospital
  • Entering or leaving a ward
  • Leaving your child's bed space
  • Eating or preparing food

After:

  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Wiping you or your child's nose
  • Using the toilet
  • Changing a nappy

To help stop the spread of infection we ask all patients, visitors and staff entering or leaving the wards and departments to use the hand hygiene gel (alcohol gel).

Apply this by:

  • squirting gel onto the hands
  • massaging it in like hand cream for 20 seconds and
  • allowing it to dry naturally
There are hand hygiene gel dispensers throughout the hospital. If you do not see any, if they are empty or you are unsure, please ask a member of staff.
Face coverings

Face coverings should be worn by parents and carers in all public areas of the children’s hospital, unless exempt for medical reasons.   

Please wear your face covering when away from your child’s bedside or when a member of staff enters your child's room.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 12 January 2021

Next review: 12 January 2022