How Can You Help?
The prevention of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HCAI) continues to be a challenge for all hospitals today. Here at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Infection Prevention & Control Team (IPCT) play a key role in attaining this goal. We would ask all of our patients, visitors and staff to adhere to our IPC practices so that by working together we can reduce the risks and prevent the transmission of infections.
What can I do?
Wash your hands and use the hand gels provided at the hand hygiene points throughout the hospital. Hand hygiene is essential on entering and exiting the building and after coughing, sneezing or blowing the nose. Ensure you dispose of used tissues in the bins provided. We encourage you to ask your Health Care Worker if they have washed their hands before attending to your care.
On admission to the Hospital
We encourage both our Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation patients to wear comfortable clean shoes for the duration of their stay. Please keep belongings to a minimum to allow our Household Department to clean patient bed spaces appropriately. Essential items only should be brought to the hospital and kept in the lockers provided.
If you are aware of any previous infections or if you have been in contact with a Health Care Acquired Infection (HCAI) please let a staff member know. Following this information, you may require an isolation room, if so, your doctor will explain the reasons for this
If you encounter any problems or issues relating to infection control during your stay here with us, please inform your ward manager who will, in turn, inform the Infection Control Team.
Visitors should only visit the patient they have come to see and not other patients. If visitors are being treated for an infection or are feeling generally unwell, please refrain from visiting the hospital until you are better. If visitors have a “stomach bug” and are experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea, please refrain from visiting the hospital until at least 48 hours after symptoms stop. While visiting please refrain from sitting on the patient’s beds and only use the chairs provided. Please adhere to visiting times and keep visitors to a minimum. Children under 12 years other than the patient’s own children should not be brought to visit. Children must be under the supervision of an adult at all times while in the hospital.
Visitors should refrain from touching wounds, dressings or any other medical devices.
In the interest of infection control, the Hospital does not allow flowers on Hospital Wards and visitors who bring or send flowers will be asked to take them home with them
If you are feeling unwell and are scheduled to attend for an appointment or surgical procedure, please contact the Admissions Department or Outpatient Clinic for advice. They may be able to offer you an alternative appointment
+353 (01) 814 0430
+353 (01) 814 0408
If you are unwell and intend to visit a patient at the hospital, we recommend that you stay away until your health improves. Patients at the Hospital are susceptible to infection and can develop severe complications from exposure to minor illnesses.