8 simple steps to keep yourself safe during your stay in hospital.

Preventing falls

  • Wear your own well-fitting shoes or slippers with rubber soles
  • Non-slip hospital socks can be provided if needed
  • Use your usual walking aids
  • If you need any assistance, tell us
  • Please watch your step while on hospital premises or grounds

Preventing blood clots

  • Try to do simple leg and ankle exercises
  • Drink fluids as recommended
  • Take blood thinning tablets or injections as advised
  • Wear your hospital stockings if advised and move as often as you can
  • Make sure that your stockings are removed daily for washing and checking of your heels

Preventing infection

  • Wash/decontaminate your hands before and after visiting the toilet, and before all meals
  • Do not 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 do not understand what your medicines are for
  • Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any concerns you may have
  • Ask about possible side effects
  • If you use a device such as an insulin pen, you may be provided with ‘safer sharps’ devices to be used during your stay, this will be discussed with you by your doctor

Pressure ulcers

  • Try to keep as mobile as possible and reposition yourself in bed as often as you are able
  • Please let us know straight away if you notice your skin reddening or you feel any pain
  • We are happy to help you change position, please ask if you need assistance
  • We provide pressure relieving mattresses as standard


  • Tell us if any of your personal information is wrong (ID band, address, GP, next of kin)
  • Please let us know if you have any allergies. If you do, we will provide you with a red ID band to make sure that all staff are aware

Any concerns

  • We are here to help you – talk to us if you have any concerns about your treatment, or about what will happen when you leave hospital

Leaving hospital

Before you leave, make sure that 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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Making your stay with us safe GHPI1417_05_23 Department: Safety Review due: May 2026 PDF, 279.6 KB, 3 pages
Reference number GHPI1417_05_23
Department Safety
Review due May 2026