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Harrogate and District NHS Trust

Infection control guidance for visitors

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If you are planning to visit a relative or friend who is an inpatient on one of our wards or you have an appointment to attend, we ask that you please help us to reduce the spread of infections by following our simple advice:

  • Visitors who have had symptoms of sickness and diahorroea should not visit the hospital under any circumstances and should be clear of symptoms for at least 48 hours before they visit - it is very easy to pass these germs onto others, including patients who are alrealy unwell so please consider if your visit is really vital
  • If you have had a cough, cold or have been unwell recently again please do not visit and spread any germs to others
  • Visitors should not enter an area where sickness and diahorroea is prevalent – there is signage at the main entrances to the hospital and at the entrances of wards advising if that area is infected
  • If in doubt, visitors should telephone the ward in advance to check the current situation to see whether is it a suitable time to visit and what precautions they should take
  • Only two visitors will be permitted per patient at any one time during visiting times which are strictly 2 – 4pm and 6 – 8pm
  • Children aged 12 years and under should not visit – this is to protect themselves from becoming infected
  • Visitors should wash their hands and / or use the alcohol hand gel rub before entering and leaving ward areas. Please feel free to not only use the alcohol hand gel dispensers at the entrance to all wards and departments but also to use the hand wash basins in ward areas
  • Patients attending outpatient appointments should wash their hands or use the alcohol hand gel rub when entering and leaving the department / area they are visiting
  • If you have been unwell and have a planned appointment, please telephone the department in advance of your visit to check whether you should still attend your appointment - they may suggest that it is rescheduled when you are feeling better