Health and safety

We will do everything possible to maintain your health, safety and well-being while you are in hospital. You can help us to reduce any risks by observing some simple guidelines.

Working together to tackle Healthcare Associated Infections

Reducing such infections is a top priority and long-term commitment of the Trust and we all have a role to play. Please refer to our Infection Control section for information regarding visitor and patient responsibilities and guidelines.

Using your nurse call system

Call for a nurse if you need help to get out of bed or to walk or if something you need is out of reach. If you know you are unsteady on your feet please wait until someone can assist you to walk.


We have a strict ‘No Smoking Policy’ for patients, visitors and staff on all of our hospital sites, except in designated smoking areas. We would ask patients / visitors not to smoke at the front door of the hospital.

Some patients may have to stop smoking because of their condition, others find being in hospital an excellent opportunity to try and give up smoking.

If you would like help and advice on how to give up smoking speak to a member of staff on the ward who will be happy to put you in touch with the relevant people who can help.


Hospital floors are not carpeted. Please wear suitable shoes or slippers so that you do not slip.


Ensure children are supervised at all times. There are many hazards in hospital.

Absence from the ward

If you wish to leave the ward area for any reason, ALWAYS ask a member of staff before you go, and tell them when you return.

In the event of fire, all patients must be accounted for. This is one of the reasons why you must always inform the staff before you leave the ward.

Bed rails

For your safety we will sometimes use bed rails (sometimes referred to as cot sides) to reduce the likelihood of falling.

Trolley rails are routinely used in the accident and emergency department, operating theatres, day surgery wards and endoscopy. In some cases they may be used in ward areas but if bed rails are considered necessary for your safety we would discuss this with you whenever possible.

If you or your family / carers have any questions about bed rails, please speak to the Ward Sister / Charge Nurse.

Fire Safety

If the fire alarm sounds intermittently
This indicates there is a fire in an adjacent part of the hospital and that you are in no immediate danger.

If the fire alarm sounds continuously
The fire is in an immediate area. The nurses will follow set procedures to ensure your safety and may give you instructions or provide help.

If the fire is in your immediate area you will be evacuated to another location away from the fire. You will be given instructions by the nurse in charge and the Fire and Rescue Service.

Lifts must not be used
If you are away from the ward when a continuous fire alarm sounds do not return to the ward. Stay where you are and obey instructions from members of staff.

In the event of fire, all patients must be accounted for. This is one of the reasons why you must always inform the staff before you leave the ward.


Page last updated:30 January 2013