Infection prevention and control

You may be concerned about healthcare associated infections - infections that may pass from one patient to another and from the hospital into the community.

We take infection prevention very seriously and although infections cannot be prevented completely most can be successfully treated, it is important that we and you do everything possible to prevent the spread of infections.

Top of our list is 'hand hygiene' - and you will find alcohol gel stations at key points around the hospital, especially at entrances and exits to our sites and also on wards. We ask all visitors to wash their hands both before and after visiting loved ones to help us stop the spread of infection, preferably with soap and water.


For a guide on the best way to wash your hands to help stop the spread of infection you can click here




If you’re worried about whether your nurse or doctor has washed their hands before treating you, please don’t be afraid to ask! None of our staff will be offended if you ask them to wash their hands before treating you, we actually encourage it. Infection control is everyone’s responsibility. 

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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