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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Cumbria hospital trust lanches campaign to combat infection

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are launching an important promotional campaign as it continues to reduce risk of avoidable infections in hospitals in Cumbria

Work starts today and patients and the public are being asked to play their part.

The campaign aims to raise public awareness and remind everyone – staff, patients and visitors – what they can do to help reduce infections such as MRSA, norovirus and Clostridium Difficile.

The major poster campaign is being launched across all three hospitals run by the Trust, Westmorland General Hospital, Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital.

Work starts today at WGH, with installations and posters asking patients, staff and the public “Is it me, you or them” responsible for tackling infections.

Sue Smith, the new 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 task 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 already taking steps to tackle infection and want to raise awareness of the importance of effective measures to combat hospital infections, which include hand-washing and using alcohol hand gel.

"The last thing in the world we want, is for people that are coming into our hospitals picking up an infection. Everyone has a role to play."

Handwashing is vital to tackle Clostridium Difficile and MRSA – and members of the public are reminded not to visit any hospital if they have suffered from, or have been in contact with someone who has suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting recently.

Work begins today at WGH on the installation of the campaign material, and will move to FGH and RLI in January.

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