Hospital staff scrub up well
Thursday, 9th May, 2013
There was a mixture of hygiene and hijinks at the hospital this week as staff donned bright pink outfits to celebrate International Hand Hygiene Day.
The World Health Organisation's Hand Hygiene Day is held to demonstrate to healthcare workers and the public the effectiveness of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
The hospital corridors were emblazoned with colourful decorations and awards were presented to the best decorated ward/unit and best dressed male and female staff member.
The Dialysis Unit was voted the best decorated ward/unit, and Day Surgery and Pharmacy were awarded a certificate for innovation and creativity.
The Best Dressed Female staff member prize was shared between Geraldine Casey (Nurse Unit Manager Surgical Ward) and Chenny Fazulla (Pre-Admission Registered Nurse), while Kevern Hobman (Patient Services Assistant, Surgical Ward) was voted best dressed man.
"It's been a fantastic day, everyone's participation has been great," said Far Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Nurse Consultant, Karen Kemp.
"Everybody's creativity has been excellent and has really got the message across, and a lot of visitors have been coming in an telling the staff they look great.
Good hand hygiene involves washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. This is available throughout hospitals and patients and visitors are encouraged to use it.
"The single most effective way of preventing the spread of disease is the simple act of hand washing. This can help prevent common illnesses such as gastroenteritis and influenza," said Ms Kemp.