Clinical Site Etiquette

General Guidance

Clinical sites are primarily places of work and can be busy, sometimes stressful, environments. Respect those for whom your clinical learning site is their workplace, and their time and priorities when you request their assistance.

  • Wash your hands before and after every patient contact.
  • Do not smoke; smoking is prohibited on all clinical campuses.
  • Do not wear your stethoscope around your neck, place it in a pocket.
  • Turn off mobile phones.
  • Maintain high standards of personal hygiene at all times.
  • Avoid perfume or strong aftershave.
  • Health and Safety procedures may differ between sites; be aware of local rules.
  • Do not exit an operating theatre in theatre clogs or scrubs, unless told to, and only then if wearing a white coat over the scrubs.
  • Comply with any advice offered on your dress or behaviour by a member of staff.
  • Do not remove patient records (including photocopies) from the clinical site
  • Dispose of confidential information securely using the confidential waste bins provided.
  • Never take clinical photographs without the express permission of the consultant in charge
  • Always ensure that patient consent is obtained and properly documented.

Theatre Discipline

  • Change into fresh theatre attire.
  • People who have open wounds and infections must refrain from working in the theatre.
  • Remove jewellery.
  • Wear face mask.
  • Wear eye protection.

Universal Precautions

  • Wear protective apron and gowns.
  • Wear protective gloves preferably double gloves.
  • Use a protective visor and a mask.
  • Cover open wounds.
  • Handle sharp instruments as you have been trained to do.