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Handwashing drive rolled-out in NI

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The cleanyourhands campaign is being officially rolled out in Northern Ireland.
The hygiene campaign will initially appear in hospitals, while a further campaign for community facilities, such as GP practices and nursing homes, is currently being developed.

Campaign materials include posters for wards, signs to direct visitors to hand-cleaning facilities, point of care prompts for staff, a patient leaflet and a staff handbook.

Launching the campaign at the Mater Hospital in Belfast at the end of last month, health minister for Northern Ireland, Michael McGimpsey said: ‘Staff and visitors are being reminded that the benefits of the simple act of cleaning your hands must not be underestimated and that by just taking a minute to stop and clean your hands, you are helping to prevent and control infections.

‘Although we will never be able to totally eradicate healthcare associated infections, we must do all we can to minimise the risk. Hand washing must become a habit that is integral to healthcare culture and openly discussed,’ he said.

The NHS hygiene campaign, developed by the National Patient Safety Agency, has been running in England and Wales for three years. More information can be found by clicking here.

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