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'Clean your hands' scheme

PUBLISHED: 10:59 02 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

A Suffolk nurse will spend the next six months encouraging patients to ask if their doctor, dentist or nurse has washed their hands.

The Clean Your Hands Campaign is already running in major hospitals in Norfolk and Suffolk, and recently started in Yarmouth and Waveney.

A Suffolk nurse will spend the next six months encouraging patients to ask if their doctor, dentist or nurse has washed their hands.

The Clean Your Hands Campaign is already running in major hospitals in Norfolk and Suffolk, and recently started in Yarmouth and Waveney. Now NHS Suffolk, which runs health services like doctors and dentists in the rest of Suffolk, has appointed Kate Laybourne on a six-month secondment to the campaign.

Across the county, more than 100 healthcare staff from clinics and various specialist areas have been identified as 'hand hygiene champions'. Kate Laybourne, practice development nurse and the cleanyourhands coordinator, said: “My role is to raise awareness that staff should be cleaning their hands both before and after every single patient contact.

“Staff should also feel that they are able to challenge each other on whether they are maintaining good hand hygiene too.”

Posters will be displayed in community hospitals and clinics, while special visits will show how germs can stay hidden on hands if they are not washed properly. The aim is to reduce the spread of healthcare acquired infections like MRSA and C difficile.

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