Staying safe during your visit

It's important to us to prevent the spread of infection in our hospitals and keep you safe. To maintain strict standards of hygiene, we:

  • follow national guidance for infection prevention
  • train our staff and volunteers in how to limit the spread of infection
  • keep our theatres, equipment and wards clean 
  • have extra measures in place to protect vulnerable patients

Reducing the risk of infection is crucial to the safety of our visitors, patients and staff. When you visit or stay in our hospitals, please follow this guidance to help keep everyone safe.


  • follow our hand hygiene guidance
  • tell the ward or department if you think you have an infectious condition before you visit
  • tell a member of staff if you notice that a ward area, toilet or bathroom is dirty. They will arrange cleaning


  • ask or allow friends and relatives to visit you if they are unwell
  • visit a patient at our hospitals or accompany them if you have respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or a sore throat 
  • visit a patient at our hospitals if you have diarrhoea or vomiting

Personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and aprons will be worn by healthcare professionals as required. We might ask patients to wear masks in certain clinical areas, such as those with transplant patients.

Preventing infection

Read more about what else you can do to prevent the spread of infection