War on bugs - hospitals launch two week campaign
Wednesday 18 October 2006
A team of modern matrons have been deployed across Northwick Park and Central Middlesex Hospitals to help combat superbugs and mark the launch of a special infection control awareness fortnight (23rd October – 3rd November).
The Modern Matrons are just one of the many initiatives underway at North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, designed to reduce the spread of infections.
The new matrons, of which there are ten, cover a wide range of specialties and are responsible for setting, monitoring and maintaining the highest standards of patient care as well as ensuring strict infection control and cleanliness measures are adhered to.
During the fortnight the hospital’s infection control team also have a range of activities planned for both staff and patients to raise awareness of the importance of clean hands in the battle against bugs.
Activities include display stands in main reception and hand washing testing at Northwick Park and Central Middlesex Hospitals.
Elizabeth Robb, Director of Nursing, said: “In the last year we have put in place a range of measures to reduce the spread of infections such as the introduction of infection control link nurses as well as our new modern matrons. We hope that this two week campaign will help us to raise awareness about what we are doing to combat infections but also give people information about how they can help us. Remembering to clean your hands is still one of most effective ways to keep this hospital as bug free as possible.”
For further information, please contact the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust Press Office on Tel: 020 8869 3552. Out of hours Tel: 07659 125409