Control of Infection

In this section you will find information that relates to the Control of Infection. Please familiarise yourself with the policies in place at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Due to the large number of patients that attend the hospital, it is imperative that all members of staff work collectively towards the risk management of infection. If you are feeling unwell, or have recently recovered from illness, please ensure that you have read the details below.

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Diarrhoea only

If your diarrhoea lasts for more than 3 days, or there is blood in the faeces you will need to send a specimen to the Path lab. Please contact us for further advice, on (9)57950

When your diarrhoea has subsided you can return to work.

If the diarrhoea has already been confirmed as being secondary to E.Coli 0571 or Typhoid etc, then this would be dealt with on an individual case basis. Usually this would involve a longer period of being off work, and you would need to contact us for further advice.

Vomiting only

If vomiting only, then you are required to be symptom free for 48hrs before returning to work.

If there is an outbreak of D+V amongst the staff(i.e. such as norovirus), you need to be clear of both symptoms for 48 hrs before returning to work.

For any other D+V outbreaks, Occupational Health will take advice from infection control.

View the Diarrhoea and Vomiting Policy

Throat infections

For example, Haemolytic Strep.Group A, you will need to have been taking antibiotics for 24hrs before returning to work. If there is still pus on the tonsils, please telephone us for advice.


For such cases, we would offer and encourage topical eradication treatment, but would not keep you off work while undergoing treatment. This applies only to cases where you have been colonised with the bacteria.

For further information, please see Appendices 1 and 3 of the Management of MRSA in Health Care Workers Policy.

Chickenpox and Shingles

You can contact us for further advice. We usually advise that if the shingles are on an area of your body that can be covered(and that you are not working with immunosuppressed patients), you can work as long as you feel well.

Please view the Controlling The Risks Of Chicken Pox Infection For Health Care Workers Policy for further information.


We will advise you to see your GP, and to have the treatment Lyclear. You can usually return to work 24hrs after the treatment.

if you are not sure what to do, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information on (9)57950 (option 2).