Model matron delivers lesson in hygiene

A LIFE size model of a Northumbria hospital matron is to take to the road to help fight hospital superbugs.

A LIFE size model of a Northumbria hospital matron is to take to the road to help fight hospital superbugs.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will inform the public about what the trust does to prevent infections like MRSA and clostridium difficile and what people can do to help prevent it.

To raise public awareness of the need for hand washing, life-size models have been produced of one of the hospital’s matrons, Elaine Henderson.

The trust, which runs Wansbeck, Hexham and North Tyneside Hospitals, will spend around £1.8m fighting infection this year.

Health staff will cover more than 200 miles as they takes a travelling roadshow around hospitals from Berwick on the Scottish Borders, to Haltwhistle in the west and North Tyneside General in the south.

The roadshow will be staffed by the trust’s infection prevention and control team, domestic staff and public governors.

It was announced as Dr Stephanie Dancer, from South General Hospital in Glasgow, claimed hospitals were missing the key sources of MRSA infection by focusing on obviously “dirty” areas.

Writing in medical journal The Lancet, she said cleaning should be targeted on “hand touch” sites in wards, such as door handles, bed rails, lockers and the switches, pumps and other equipment surrounding patients.

Dr Bryan Marshall, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said: “There are many myths about healthcare associated infections, like MRSA and C diff, we want to give people the facts.

“We want to help members of the public understand what these infections are, how they spread and what they can do to help us prevent this. We’re hoping all visitors will spare us a few minutes of their time.”

The roadshow schedule is as follows:

November 5, 6, 7 – North Tyneside General Hospital.

November 8, 9 – Blyth Community Hospital.

November 12, 13, – Berwick Infirmary.

November 14, – Rothbury Community Hospital.

November 15, 16 – Alnwick Infirmary.

November 19, 20 – Morpeth Cottage Hospital.

November 21, 22 – Hexham General Hospital.

November 23 – Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital.

November 28, 29, 30 – Wansbeck General Hospital.


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