Grantham Hospital raises awareness of hand hygiene

Grantham Hospital.
Grantham Hospital.
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Grantham Hospital is among hospitals across Lincolnshire taking further steps to fight infection by raising awareness of hand hygiene.

The infection prevention and control teams at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) have educated people about why hand hygiene is important in the fight against healthcare acquired infections.

Displays have been set up in the main entrance areas of Pilgrim Hospital, Boston and Lincoln County Hospital, Fotherby ward, out-patients and the education centre at County Hospital Louth as well as in the dogleg on Corridor F at Grantham and District Hospital.

Staff, patients and visitors were also given the chance to find out how good they are at cleaning their hands at a series of events using special glow boxes to show areas that are regularly missed when washing.

Infection prevention and control staff were also on hand to provide advice on keeping hands in good condition over winter as well as give out leaflets, lip balms and hand rub.

Margaret Fairless-Clarkson, Nurse Manager for Infection Prevention and Control at ULHT said: “Good hand hygiene stops the spread of infections and helps to save lives. Our organisation continues to take healthcare acquired infection seriously and has been successful in making an impact on rates of infections.

“One of the most effective methods of preventing cross infection is the practice of good hand hygiene not only in the hospital environment but also in the community.

“It is hoped that this initiative together with other projects such as staff training, careful use of antibiotics and environmental cleanliness will assist in fighting infection across the Trust.

“The Trust works closely with our colleagues in Public Health and the community to ensure patients admitted with infections do not pass these onto others whilst they receive the best quality care from ULHT staff.”