Infection control patient information

Our patient information booklets explain what we do to prevent infection.

You can read more about what we at The Christie do to prevent infection and how you can help with this. Some of the booklets might not apply to you – the team caring for you will be able to tell you which are most relevant.

If you’re looking for general patient information documents, you can read more on our patient booklets page.

Hand hygiene information for patients

Hand hygiene can protect you from picking up germs on your hands. The best way to remove germs is by washing your hands. You can more about the importance of keeping your hands clean in this leaflet.

Infection prevention and control

The goal of the infection prevention and control department is to promote the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. In this booklet, read what you can do to help stay clear of infection, both during your hospital stay and when you return home.

Information for patients about CPE screening

This booklet explains why we screen for the germ carbapenemase-producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE), how we assess if patients are at risk of having CPE and how this screening process can reduce the risk of infection.

Information for patients with Clostridium difficile infection

Clostridium difficile (also known as C.diff, CDI) is a bacterium that can cause infections in the bowel. This booklet explains how we care for patients with C.diff, how we treat the infection and how you can help prevent the infection spreading.

Information for patients about MRSA screening

All patients admitted to The Christie are tested to see if they are carrying the germ MRSA. In this booklet, you can read how we screen for MRSA and what happens if we find you’re carrying MRSA.

Information for patients with MRSA

We test all patients to see if they are carrying the germ MRSA. This booklet will explain what happens if you’re carrying MRSA, how we treat you for MRSA and how you can get more information about this.

Multi drug resistant organisms (MDRO)

MDRO are bacteria (or germs) that are resistant to at least three different antibiotics. This booklet gives you more information about MDRO and how we’ll care for you if you’re carrying the bacteria.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus. You may hear the doctor call it herpes zoster as this is its medical name. This booklet explains the symptoms of shingles, how to treat it and any measures you should take to stop the infection spreading.

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) are a type of bacteria resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin. This booklet covers what happens if you’re carrying VRE, if VRE causes an infection and how you can help prevent the spread of VRE.

You can also see a poster below which explains why hand hygiene is so important.