Clean Hands Protect Lives
Handwashing is the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of germs. Please remember to wash your hands when you arrive and leave the hospital. We have handwashing stations conveniently located throughout the hospital including at each of our entrances and exits.
If you have a fever or feel unwell, please do not visit patients in our hospital as they could catch your 'bug' and it could also make them ill.
There are two ways to clean hands:
- Alcohol Based Hand Rub.
- Soap and water using the soap in the dispensers at the sink.
After cleaning, make sure your hands are dry before you touch anything. This is very important for either method of cleaning your hands.
Cover Your Cough
You can help stop the spread of germs that make you and other people sick by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and putting the used tissue in the waste basket. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve not your hand.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Others from Infection?
- Frequent Handwashing.
- Cough and sneeze in your arm or sleeve.
- Get your annual flu shot.
- Social distancing. Minimize contact with family members and others. Use your own bathroom, if possible and do not share intimate items such as towels. Do not share the same food or drink. Do not prepare food or drinks for others.
- Stay home from work and avoid going out in public until symptoms have resolved.
- Talk to a health professional if you experience severe flu-like symptoms which may include fever or chills, new cough or new shortness of breath, muscle aches, loss of appetite, headache, vomiting/diarrhea
For more information on the flu, including FAQs, common misconceptions, and a video from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care click here.
Page last updated: June 21, 2011