Making your stay with us safe

Follow these eight simple steps to keep yourself safe during your stay in hospital.

Preventing falls

  • Wear the red hospital socks, laced up or snug fitting shoes or slippers with rubber soles.
  • Use your usual walking aids.
  • If you need any assistance, tell us.

Preventing blood clots

  • Wear your hospital stockings if advised and move as often as you can.
  • Try to do simple leg and ankle exercises.
  • Drink fluids as recommended.
  • Take blood-thinning tablets or injections as advised.

Preventing infection

  • Wash your hands before and after visiting the toilet, and before all meals.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask our staff if they have washed their hands before any contact with you.
  • Tell us if you have diarrhoea or vomiting.

Your medicines

  • Tell us if you have an allergy, or if you don't understand what your medicines are for.
  • Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any concerns you may have.
  • Ask about possible side effects.

Pressure ulcers

  • If you can, try to keep mobile, even in bed, and call us if you're uncomfortable.
  • We are very happy to help you change position, and can provide a special mattress or cushion for support.


  • Tell us if any of your personal information is wrong (ID band, address, GP, next of kin).
  • Tell us if you have any allergies and we'll give you a red ID band.

Any concerns

  • We're here to help you — talk to us if you have any worries or concerns about your treatment, or about what will happen when you leave hospital.

Leaving hospital

Before you leave, make sure you:

  • Have your discharge letter.
  • Have your medicines and they have been explained to you.
  • Know who to contact if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Know when your next appointment is.

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