Keeping You Safe

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While you are here it is very important that you wash your hands, wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth and stay two metres apart from others as much as possible. Sticking to this advice will keep you safe during your stay in hospital and it will help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a surgical face mask covering your nose and mouth, unless a doctor or nurse tells you not to
  • Stay two metres apart from others whenever possible

More Information

  • Please wash your hands regularly during your hospital stay
  • Washing your hands properly with soap and water reduces the chance of carrying COVID-19 on your hands, passing it on to others, or giving yourself the virus
  • When it’s not possible to wash your hands, please use the alcohol hand sanitiser/gel provided at the end of your bed. It is a quick way to clean your hands
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after you have used the toilet and before eating
  • You will see there are many hand sanitiser/ gel dispensers around the hospital too – please use them to decontaminate your hands if you are moving around the building, or if you are going outside and coming back inside
  • You must also wash or sanitise your hands before you put on a surgical face mask and again after you take it off
  • It is also important to clean your hands immediately if you need to readjust your surgical face mask.
  • Please wear a surgical face mask during your hospital stay, unless a doctor or nurse tells you not to
  • If you are moving between medical areas, through your ward to the bathroom or our hospital buildings, you should always wear a surgical face mask
  • You don’t need to wear a surgical face mask when you are eating, drinking or sleeping, but at other times you should be covering your face if you can, particularly if you are coughing or sneezing
  • Try not to touch or adjust your surgical face mask once you have put it on
  • If someone is carrying the COVID-19 virus and they are wearing a surgical face mask, thev are less likely to pass it on to someone else, either by breathing out or when they are in conversation
  • Covering your face also protects you from picking up COVID-19 from another person who may be carrying the virus
  • Wearing a surgical face mask also helps to stop you touching your face and potentially giving yourself COVID-19 through your hands.
  • COVID-19 is more likely to be passed on when you’re within two metres of another person. The risk is even greater at shorter distances
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and continue to make space in your bay or ward area, especially when you are talking to another patient or if you are moving about on the ward or travelling through the hospital building
  • Keeping your distance will help to stop the spread of COVID-19.