Infection prevention and control

Our hospital has been built to ensure maximum infection prevention and control. To minimise the potential spread of germs, you and your visitors should adhere to the following clinical hygiene and infection control principles.

All patients and visitors should ensure they maintain good hygiene by cleaning their hands before and after leaving a patient room, after going to the toilet and before having anything to eat. You and your visitors should always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and throw the tissue directly into a bin.

Hand hygiene includes:

  • Washing with soap and water, which must be done when hands are dirty. Wet hands, apply soap and rub hands together back and front to work up a lather. Rinse under running water and dry thoroughly with paper towel.
  • Using the alcohol handrub when hands look clean. Apply one squirt of the alcohol handrub to the palm of your hand. Rub all over your hands until they are dry.

Staff are also required to clean their hands before and after they have contact with you or your environment and before and after all procedures. It is ok for you and your visitors to ask staff if they have cleaned their hands before touching you.

Visitors should not attend the hospital if they are unwell, such as when they have diarrhoea or vomiting or have signs of a cold or flu.

You and your visitors should never touch wounds, dressings, intravenous lines or other equipment that is part of your treatment.