Infection Prevention & Control

Hygiene is a fundamental part of the hospital’s quality system to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors and it plays an important role in the prevention and control of infection.  Achieving and maintaining the highest hygiene standards is everyone’s responsibility

During your stay in St. James’s Hospital, you may be asked to provide a sample to determine if you are carrying a resistant organism.  Samples includes: swabs of the nose, throat, groin, rectum or a stool sample

Hand Hygiene

Please ask your visitors to wash their hands or use the alcohol gel, available at all ward entrances, to disinfect their hands each time they enter or leave the ward

Do this yourself also if you go into any other ward

Ask a member of staff to show you if you are unsure how to use it

Feel free to ask my medical staff you come into contact with if they have cleaned their hands

Pick up a hand hygiene leaflet available on all wards/departments.  The Golden Rules for Visitors are displayed in all wards in the hospital.

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How you can help when you are admitted to the hospital?

  • Please only bring essential items, so to avoid your bed space becoming cluttered and difficult to clean.
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet and before eating.
  • Please don’t share your toiletries with other patients, make sure to return your toiletries to your bed space.
  • Please make sure you wear footwear when you get out of bed.
  • Do not sit on another patient’s bed.
  • Remember you have a right to ask any hospital staff if they have cleaned their hands before attending you.
  • If you have concerns about cleanliness, please tell the nurse in charge.
  • Do not enter ward kitchens.
  • Sometimes as a patient, you maybe asked to move to a different bed/ward or you maybe asked not  to visit other patients in the ward.  This will be advised to help control the spread of infection.

What you can do when visiting the hospital?

  • Clean hands are important; therefore clean your hands on entering and leaving the ward area.
  • Please do not use patients’ toilets; there are separate toilets for visitors.
  • Liaise with Clinical nurse manger prior to visiting with children.
  • Do not sit on the bed or place your feet on the bed.
  • Do not bring in any food.
  • Do not visit if you have a cold, diarrhoea, vomiting or chicken pox.
  • Please follow instructions on signage on doors in wards as required.
  • Please discuss any concerns with CNM/Clinicians.

Infection Prevention and Control Service

The Infection Prevention and Control Service works to help prevent and control healthcare associated infection by:

  • Providing advice to staff on infection prevention and control on a 24-hour basis.  This includes advice on individual patients, control of outbreaks of infection and advice on decontamination of the environment and equipment.
  • Preparing policies, protocols and guidelines on infection prevention and control in collaboration with other relevant staff.
  • Producing an annual programme of work including surveillance of infection.
  • Providing induction and on-going training in infection prevention and control to all staff.
  • Liaising with Department of Occupational Medicine on relevant staff issues.
  • Liaison with staff involved in purchasing and planning of services to ensure developments take infection prevention and control issues into account.
  • Maintaining their skills necessary to ensure that infection control is up to date and evidence based by continuing professional development.
  • Supporting research into effective infection prevention and control.
  • Performing clinical audits.

Patient Leaflets

Infection Control information leaflets.

Clostridium Difficile (PDF 123Kb)

FLU Patients Leaflet (PDF 97Kb)

Hand Hygiene Patient Leaflet (PDF 783Kb)

MRSA (PDF 109Kb)

Norovirus Information (PDF 35Kb)

TB (PDF 96Kb)

CJD & TSE (PDF 82Kb)

VRE (PDF 103Kb)

Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Patient Information Leaflet (PDF 190Kb)

Golden Rules (PDF 8,360Kb)

Preventing Infection & Ways you can help (PDF 2,792Kb)