Battle against hospital infections is launched

Campaign: Sue Smith
Campaign: Sue Smith
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The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust is launching the next stage of its promotional campaign against infections at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Work has started at the Lancaster site and the campaign aims to raise public awareness and remind staff, patients and visitors what they can do to help reduce infections such as MRSA, norovirus and Clostridium Difficile.

Sue Smith, executive chief nurse of the trust, said: “We want to raise the awareness of the issue at a time when infections are on everyone’s mind.

“It is the season when Norovirus can strike and we want people to think about infection prevention wherever they may be in our hospitals.

“Simple steps can make a huge difference. If everyone cleans their hands with soap and water when entering and leaving a clinical environment and staff do so in between each interaction with a patient hospitals can significantly reduce risk of patients acquiring Clostridium Difficile and MRSA.

“We want patients to play their part.

“They have my full support if they challenge clinical staff as to whether they have cleaned their hands before they perform any ask at the bedside.

“We know reducing hospital-acquired infections is a top priority for patients and the public, and it is our priority too. We are taking steps to tackle infection.”