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Infection prevention and control

It goes without saying that the prevention and control of infection within the hospital is a vital concern. Patients can be reassured by the fact that in its most recent assessment the independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, ranked Papworth very highly in this area.

Some infections, which in the wider community, might not be a cause of concern are potentially very hazardous to frail patients, the post-operative and those with certain specific medical conditions. This is one reason why it is so important that even fit and healthy visitors take certain precautions against infection.

You as a patient, and any visitors you have, are asked to play your part in the fight against infection:

  • If you are in a side room, you may be asked to keep your door closed for infection control reasons - if so, please comply with this request. It is important that door closure and any other requirements, such as staff wearing gloves and aprons, are adhered to. If you are being ‘barrier nursed’, doors must be kept shut
  • Hand hygiene plays a vital role in helping to prevent infection. Alcohol gel is provided at the entrance to wards and at each bedside for use by patients, visitors and staff. Please use it yourself, and encourage your visitors to use it. Similarly - please don’t hesitate to remind your doctor or nurse, if the need arises, to clean their hands. Please don’t be embarrassed - you are encouraged to do this
  • Hand must be washed with soap and water if you are visiting a patient with diarrhoea and/or vomiting, or you are entering/leaving an area where a viral gastro-enteritis outbreak has been declared
  • If you are coming in for surgery, please do not shave the operation area prior to admission
  • Please do not bring flannels or sponges into hospital; disposable wash-cloths are available from ward staff
  • Well-fitting slippers or similar footwear should be worn when walking around the hospital wards
  • We ask that your visitors do not use patient toilet facilities
  • Keeping the amount of personal belongings to a minimum will allow domestic staff to clean more easily
  • If you, or any member of your household, have suffered any symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting within 72 hours prior to admission please telephone the ward (phone number on your admission letter), as soon as possible, for advice.

What is a preferred priorities for care document?

Both before and during your admission to Papworth Hospital, you will be given the opportunity to discuss, and are encouraged to ask questions about, your care while you are an in-patient here and after you leave. In this way you, your doctors and nurses, and others including your family and any carers can all be clear about the type of care you wish to receive, and if you need continuing care after discharge, where you would like to receive this.

Many patients find that deciding these issues informally in discussions with healthcare professionals, friends and family is sufficient. In some cases patients may prefer to state their wishes more formally, in a Preferred Priorities for Care (PPC) document. This is a document which would be held by you, the patient, and if you wished, a copy would also be kept on your medical notes

Some people think about filling in a PPC document if their disease becomes more difficult to manage, and they want to plan for their future care, should they become more unwell. PPC documents can be particularly useful if the time should come when, for whatever reason, you are unable to make a decision for yourself: anyone who has to make decisions about your care on your behalf would have to take into account anything you have written in your PPC.

If you have a PPC document please show it to the nurse admitting you. If you would like to know more about PPC documents, please ask the nursing staff.

 

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