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 any 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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Patient Leaflets

Infection Control information leaflets.

Patient Information Leaflet

Preventing Infection & Ways you can help

Clostridium Difficile

FLU Patients Leaflet

Hand Hygiene Patient Leaflet


Norovirus Information




Golden Rules

World Health Organisation (WHO) Hand Hygiene and Antibiotic Resistance

Tabacco Free Campus