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Campaign launched to stop norovirus at Kidderminster Hospital
7:30am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
Buy this photo » Simple method: Heather Gentry, left, and chief nursing officer Celina Eves wash their hands.
THE battle to stop the spread of norovirus and other infections during winter has begun for Kidderminster Hospital.
The infection prevention nurses at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have launched a campaign to urge visitors, staff and patients to ‘pull together to prevent infection’.
As part of the launch, staff, patients and visitors at Kidderminster Hospital were invited to test how clean their hands and mobile phones were, learn effective hand washing techniques and pick up tips and information on how they can do their bit to help.
The team also showed members of the public how the simple act of cleaning a surface can dramatically reduce the risk of infection.
An ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) test was used to demonstrate how a surface which measured 1,618 Relative Light Units (RLU) on the test, dropped to 16 RLU after cleaning.
The trust’s lead infection prevention and control nurse Heather Gentry said: “Every year our hospitals come under extra pressure as a result of infections which spread rapidly when in a confined environment.
“Last year we suffered more than ever as a result of norovirus spreading through our wards, ultimately leading to cancelled operations.
“If a ward is closed because of norovirus, it doesn’t stop people being discharged but it stops us admitting patients to that area of the hospital for operations.
“It’s highly infectious. During one of our outbreaks last year, a visitor felt unwell and vomited on a ward and it went round the entire bay.”
The trust urges people not to visit if they have been unwell in the last 48 to 72 hours, report any concerns about cleanliness, use hand gel before and after visiting a ward, sit on a chair and not the bed, not visit in dusty work clothes and do not touch drips, wounds and catheters.
Other infection control measures include new set visiting hours for all wards between 3pm to 7.30pm and only two visitors per patient at a time.
The NHS’ official winter period has started and will run until the end of March.
For more information visit worcsacute.nhs.uk
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