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All colleagues at the Trust have a responsibility for maintaining a clean, hygienic and tidy environment in which patients are cared for.

With thousands of patients and visitors walking through the doors of our healthcare services each year, you can help too.

It is simple personal hygiene that can really make a difference.

Hand washing is the single most important measure we can all take to prevent the spread of infection in our hospitals.

If you are visiting our community hospitals or someone who is unwell in the community, please wash your hands using soap and water or use the hand sanitising gel available from the wall dispensers in all our premises.

We also ask you, in order to protect our patients from the risk of cross infection, that if you have a friend or relative in one of our hospitals and have been recently unwell with diarrhoea and or vomiting, that you refrain from visiting until at least 48 hours or 2 days after your symptoms have ended.

 

What is MRSA?

MRSA is a common name for the bacteria (germ) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In line with Department of Health recommendations, Gloucestershire Care Services undertakes MRSA screening for all those admitted either as a planned admission or as an emergency.

What is Clostridium difficile?


Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff is an antibiotic associated diarrhoeal illness.

A Guide to Clostridium difficile - Department of Health

Contacting the Infection Control team



We need you to tell us if our healthcare facilities are not as clean as they should be. Unfortunately or facilities are sometimes left in a less than satisfactory condition after use and we need you to let us know. For cleanliness issues please speak to a team member who will then arrange for cleaning and decontamination to take place as soon as possible.

If there is something that you are concerned about or you require more information on any infection or how we are controlling infections then please contact the infection prevention and control team on 0300 422 6166 where one of the team will be happy to discuss or meet with you.

Our office hours are from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.