People visiting patients in Craigavon Area Hospital recently will have noticed new signs beside the main lifts reminding them to follow guidance on hospital visiting.
A large bright orange sign has been installed on the wall between the lifts on each floor.
The signs remind visitors of a number of simple but vital steps they can take when visiting the hospital that will greatly reduce the spread of infections to vulnerable patients. These include:
Wash hands/use the hand rub provided when entering and leaving wards.
Two visitors allowed to each patient at a time.
Do not sit on the bed, touch wounds, drips or drains.
Don’t bring unnecessary items, flowers or food into the hospital.
Do not bring hot drinks to the ward for consumption.
Please discuss with Ward Manager before bringing children or babies to visit.
Do not visit if you or someone in your household has cold, flu, vomiting or diarrhoea.
Trust Chief Executive, Mairead McAlinden said, “The Southern Trust has some of the lowest rates of infection and in particular, has the lowest rates of C difficile in the UK. However we must remain vigilant, particularly as we move into the winter flu season when there are more colds and bugs about.”