View All News Items :: Search the News Database Search

Right Arrow cleanyourhands campaign launch at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust - PR/53/0405
15 February 2005 at 13:59
Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has become a pioneer site for the National Patient Safety Agency’s cleanyourhands campaign, which is currently being implemented in phases across the acute NHS in England & Wales. The campaign supports efforts to improve hand hygiene generally within hospitals in a bid to reduce infections. The campaign is being launched at Southport & Formby District General Hospital on Wednesday 16th and Ormskirk & District General Hospital on Thursday 17th February.

The campaign has two main aims, to make it as easy as possible for staff in hospitals to clean their hands at the right time for the right task, and to empower patients to ask staff if they have washed their hands.

Martin Keirnan, Infection Control Nurse Consultant said, “One of the main ways in which the quality of personal hygiene is improved and the risk of infection reduced, is by the simple act of washing your hands. Once hands are clean, regularly using an alcohol hand rub gel helps maintain the cleanliness. To help in this, bottles of hand rub gel are being placed at the foot of every bed in the hospital, except where this might be a hazard, such as in paediatrics. Here staff will wear a personal supply of the gel in a clip-on bottle.”

To launch the campaign, GOJO Industries, the makers of Purell Alcohol Gel, will be putting on a display in each Restaurant at the Hospitals during the morning on either the Wednesday 16th or Thursday 17th February. On display will be information about the alcohol gel and the campaign in general.

Notes to Editors

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk