Infection control

Infection Control Team

The prevention and control of infection is everybody’s responsibility including staff, patients and visitors. Providing high quality services in a safe, clean environment is very important at Oxleas.

Help us prevent infection in our wards by cleaning your hands.

We are doing everything we can to prevent the risk of our patients catching an infection during their stay with us, but we need your help.

Whether you’re a patient, visitor or member of staff, it is everyone’s responsibility to keep our wards and other environments clean and germ free.

Hand washing is the simplest and most effective way of controlling the spread of infections.

Some simple tips:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water – especially before eating and after going to the toilet
  • Wash your hands before and after physical contact with a patient or if they are visibly dirty.
  • Use the hand gels that are at the entrances to our ward areas before entering and when leaving the ward.
  • Think twice before visiting someone if you are unwell yourself with a heavy cold or the flu. Do not visit the ward if you have diarrhoea.

It's ok to ask

We encourage patients and visitors to help us prevent infection by asking our staff if they have washed their hands.

If you have any questions about infections, hygiene or cleanliness please ask the ward staff or manager, or you can contact the trust Infection Control Nurse, Helen Nicholls on 01322 625700, extension 5872 or email