Hospital hygiene instructions


The use of hand sanitizer

With clean and dry hands, press the sanitiser dispenser pump twice and rub your hands together, covering all surfaces, until they are dry.

  • When entering and exiting the ward, outpatient clinic or patient room
  • After coughing and blowing your nose
  • Before meals
  • After using the toilet
  • Before and after wound care or handling of a urinary catheter

When to wash your hands in the hospital 

  • When your hands are dirty
  • After using the toilet and before applying hand sanitiser
  • NOTE! Use a paper towel to turn off the taps, not your bare hands.

General hygiene

  • After coughing or blowing your nose into a paper tissue, throw the tissue away and apply hand sanitiser. 
  • Avoid unnecessary touching of catheters, drainage tubes, IV drips and wound dressings. Dispose of used and dirty wound dressings in the bin.
  • Do not store food items that you have not eaten on your table. Allow staff to remove them because stale food can easily cause gastroenteritis.
  • In the toilet and the shower, do not place your toothbrush or dentures on the sink; use your own cup or a disposable cup.  Let the tap run for a while before using the water. Always use running water for washing. Do not fill the sink with water for washing because the taps and sink are likely to have intestinal bacteria on them.
  • Keep your bed and your surroundings neat and tidy.