NHS Lanarkshire reflect on ‘going for gold standards’ after hygiene control week

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:55 GMT on Friday, 2nd November 2012.

NHS LANARKSHIRE has been reflecting on the health board’s Infection Control and Prevention week.

Members of NHS Lanarkshire’s infection control team organised a series of events as part of Infection Control and Prevention week which ran from 22nd until 28th October.

The message for this Olympic year event was ‘going for gold standard’ which aimed to promote infection control and prevention issues to staff, public and patients.

Over the course of the week, staff and public stands appeared at a host of acute and primary care locations including Wishaw General, Hairmyres and Monklands hospitals as well as Airdrie Health Centre, Newmains Health Centre, Blantyre Health Centre, Wishaw Health Centre and Strathaven Health Centre.

Lisa Roy, NHS Lanarkshire primary care infection control nurse, said: “All our staff, and increasingly more of the public, are well aware of the importance of infection control and hand hygiene issues and while NHS Lanarkshire rates for both these are amongst the best, there is no room for complacency.

“That’s why these stands are important to remind everyone of their responsibilities and to encourage our staff to keep up the good work and the public to continue to practice good hand hygiene at all times.”

Infection control nurse Carol Whitefield, organised a stall at Wishaw General Hospital.

Carol said: “We want to continually remind the public that hand-washing in all settings – not just in hospitals – is so important to help reduce infections.

“That’s why we ask people to follow the five steps highlighted by Scotland’s chief medical officer designed to help us all fight infections.”
The five steps are which NHS Lanarkshire tried to promote are:

  • If you or someone you live with has a cold or diarrheoa or if you feel unwell, try not to visit someone in hospital until you feel better.
  • Wash and dry your hands before visiting a hospital ward, particularly after going to the toilet and use hand gel before entering a ward.
  • Ask ward staff for advice before you bring food or drink to someone in hospital.
  • When visiting someone in hospital, don’t sit on their bed and never touch dressings or equipment around the bed.
  • If you think NHS premises are not as clean as they should be, inform the sister or charge nurse.

For more information about hand hygiene visit the Scottish National Hand Hygiene Campaign website www.washyourhandsofthem.com.