Bug watch puts spotlight on Lancs hospitals
Doctors on a number of wards at Preston and Chorley hospitals are failing to wash their hands when visiting patients, a bug watch exercise has revealed.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Patient and Public Involvement Forum, undertook a project to check hospital wards for good practice in cleanliness and hygiene.
While they found that the majority of nursing staff at Preston and Chorley hospitals were diligent when it came to proper handwashing techniques, they did find that some doctors were not quite so thorough.
The bug watch was carried out by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, along with other PPI forums in the North West, to help tackle the alarming rise in hospital acquired infections, such as MRSA.
The forum used a specially designed tool kit provided by the North West Office of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, which involved teams of members completing questionnaires on wards at Preston and Chorley and South Ribble hospitals.
Hospitals were pre-warned about the bug watch visit, which led to some criticism that they could prepare by cleaning up.
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Cat-astrophe for Crystal the kitty stuck up tree for a week
Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
Unlike the nursery rhyme, mischievous moggie Crystal has not been to London to see the Queen.
The animal has spent the last two weeks stuck up an ash tree in Ashton, Preston.
The seven-year-old feline’s ordeal began on September 5 when her family’s pet German Shepherd startled her, prompting her to claw her way up the tree trunk.
Her owner Mel Gavell, 32, and daughter Bianca, 11, of Rylands Crescent, finally twigged where she was after hearing her miaowing from the tree.
They enlisted the help of local residents and RSPCA experts but it was soon crystal clear that getting her down would not be easy.
The determined cat refused to move. After she had been in the tree for a week, firefighters from Preston also attempted to coax her down but to no avail.
Mel said: “Crystal is very timid and has only left our house twice. Each time she has had a disaster.
“The first time she was knocked down and spent a month in an RSPCA centre until we eventually found her.
“This time our German Shepherd frightened her and she shot straight up the tree.”
Tree expert Tim Pickard came to Crystal’s aid.
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Becks appeal is back at PNE
Preston North End is going Beck in time.
The Deepdale outfit is celebrating 10 years since David Beckham played for the club by re-issuing replicas of his shirt.
The England captain made his PNE debut in 1994, helping them to the Division Three play-offs.
Now the club plans to remember their second most famous player by selling the blue and white Beckham shirt with the original slogan from sponsor Coloroll.
The Beckham shirt will go head-to-head in the club shop with a replica of the kit fellow legend Sir Tom Finney wore in Preston’s 1954 FA Cup final.