Infection Control

Hospital hygiene

The prevention and control of hospital acquired infections at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a top priority. Our aim is to make the hospital as clean and safe for patients as possible. Alongside the cleanliness of our wards, we continue to focus on our programme of comprehensive training for staff, stringent hand hygiene and careful use of antibiotics.

Patient information on MRSA

Patient information on Norovirus

Our infection rates

Our infection rates are among the lowest in teaching hospitals in England, which makes St George’s Healthcare one of the safest hospitals for patients.

View our infection control leaflets

More information about MRSA and Clostridium difficile

Quarterly reporting results can also be found at the Health Protection Agency website

What is St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust doing to stop infections?

The hospital uses an array of measures to stop the spread of infection to patients. Like all hospitals, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has an Infection Control Team, made up of doctors and nurses, which works around the clock, monitoring infections and providing ward staff with advice on how to prevent, treat and contain the spread of infections to patients.

The Trust routinely screens all elective patients for MRSA, in line with our MRSA screening policy

How can people help to prevent these infections?

Wash your hands: Every person that comes into contact with a patient has a responsibility to protect them from the spread of germs and bacteria. Good hand hygiene is the single most important factor in the prevention of cross-contamination, so the hospital insists that all staff and visitors clean their hands thoroughly before and after contact with patients and on entering or leaving wards.

We also ask all patients, staff and visitors to clean their hands after using the toilet or handling food. Appropriate hand cleaning products are provided at the entrances of every ward, so if you are visiting a patient please remember to routinely clean your hands.

Don’t visit if you are sick: Visitors bringing infections into hospital pose a serious risk to patients. You should always reconsider visiting a patient at the hospital if you are unwell, particularly if you are suffering with a vomiting bug or diarrhoea. If this is the case, you should wait until 48 hours after your symptoms clear up before coming in to visit a patient. Likewise, you should not visit the hospital if you have an infection such as flu, chickenpox, shingles or an undiagnosed rash.