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Matrons on the march over infection control

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University Hospital Aintree is the latest hospital to employ cardboard cut-outs of senior nursing staff in its efforts to combat healthcare-associated infections.

The life-size cut-outs of some of the hospital’s matrons are intended to get its ‘wash your hands’ message across to visitors.

Jim Birrell, chief executive of Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said: ‘We need the help of everyone – staff, patients and visitors. We’ve been installing handwash stations outside wards and most are now in, with the rest following shortly. Everyone needs to wash their hands every time that they visit a ward.’

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