Leeds hospitals to offer visitors a helping hand

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Hospital staff in Leeds are set to offer visitors a helping hand when it comes to hygiene.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which runs both St James’s Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary, will send out student nurses and apprentice clinical support workers to teach people about the best way to wash hands in a bid to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

Matron Sarah Miller, who is leading the campaign, said: “Unclean hands have the potential to the spread MRSA and C Difficile to vulnerable patients.”

The trust will also bring in new foam-based soap and alcohol-foam sanitiser, while a series of short animations aimed at patients, visitors and staff will aim to increase awareness of poor hand hygiene. Email infectionprevention@leedsth.nhs.uk for details.

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