North East Wales

Hygiene on hand in hospital scheme

Dirty hands
Image caption Infections are often spread in hospitals by hand

A hand hygiene campaign at has been launched in a bid to prevent the spread of infections at hospital.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is running the campaign to remind staff, patients and visitors about the importance of cleanliness.

As part of the campaign, staff are encouraged to wear short sleeves and visitors are asked to stay away if they have been ill.

The Bare Below the Elbows scheme is running in all the trust's hospitals.

Assistant director of nursing Reena Cartmell said: "This encourages members of staff to wear short sleeves so it is easier for them to wash their hands thoroughly when moving from one patient to another.

"We are always looking for new ways to keep reminding staff of the importance of hand hygiene."

The campaign was given a helping hand by Ospreys rugby club players, who visited wards at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Denbighshire, to chat to staff, patients and visitors.

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