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North Cumbria's hospitals launch the Keep Clean Code

Posted on Tuesday 26th November 2013
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Staff launch the Keep Clean Code in West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven

A new ‘Keep Clean Code’ has been launched in the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

The campaign, starring ‘Dr Cleanhands’, gives visitors to the hospital five key steps to follow:

  • Hand hygiene – please clean your hands on arrival and before leaving
  • Are you ill? – please do not visit if you have had symptoms of sickness/diarrhoea in the last 48 hours or have been in contact with somebody who has
  • Bare below the elbows – be aware that all hospital staff caring for patients must be bare below the elbows
  • Clean, safe and clutter free – we aim to provide a clean, safe environment. Please let staff know if you feel this is not the case
  • Visitors can help – do not sit on patient beds, do not touch patient equipment or touch patient wounds

High standards of infection prevention and control are a fundamental part of the care delivered within North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Trust is committed to reducing healthcare associated infections.

Hand hygiene is one of the single most important practices in order to prevent the transmission of infections. All clinical areas must provide assurances of compliance with hand hygiene through all staff completing hand hygiene training and by using a new audit tool which will enable ward performances to be identified.

It is also very important, particularly during winter, that visitors help to limit the impact of Norovirus (also known as the winter vomiting bug) in our hospitals. Norovirus is the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhoea and a nasty infection for anyone who gets it, but it can be particularly dangerous for people with other medical conditions.

The condition is highly contagious unless great care is taken to contain it so the Trust asks visitors not to visit if you feel unwell or if you have shown symptoms of Norovirus within the past 48 hours.

Ann Woodburn, Senior Nurse for Infection Prevention, said: “The staff in both of our hospitals work very hard to ensure we do everything we can to maintain very high standards of infection prevention and control.

“Dr Cleanhands’ Keep Clean Code is a fun and eye-catching way to remind visitors to our hospitals that there is plenty they can do to help us meet our standards.”