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Date: 25 June 2017
We are committed in our responsibility to do everything we can to reduce our infection rates. We take infection control extremely seriously and we are working hard to ensure our standards of clinical practice reflect our reputation as a centre of excellence. It is important to us that our hospitals are maintained to the highest possible environmental and hygiene standards.
While hospital cleanliness does play a part in tackling infection, it is simple and basic personal hygiene that really makes all the difference in both prevention and control of infection. It doesn't matter whether you are a member of staff, a patient or a visitor; hand washing and/or hand decontamination is the single most important measure we can all take to prevent the spread of infection in our hospitals.
So the next time you visit someone in hospital or have direct patient contact, please remember to wash your hands and decontaminate them properly using the alcohol based hand gel available from the wall dispenser before you enter the ward.
All staff have a responsibility for maintaining a clean and tidy environment in which patients are cared for. This essential in preventing the spread of healthcare-associated infections.
Infection control is everyone's business – please help us to help you.
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