Gangnam-style video stars from Northamptonshire

Global handwashing day video issued by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire and Northampton General Hospital
Global handwashing day video issued by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire and Northampton General Hospital

NHS staff in Northamptonshire have shown they have Gangnam Style when it comes to spreading the message of good hygiene.

Every year, around 200 million people from 100 different countries take part in Global Handwashing Day. This year, NHS staff from across Northamptonshire have taken part in a locally produced handwashing video with a twist (Gangnam Style), which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/TGddyTW5eMc

Hands are one of the biggest spreaders of germs. Hand washing with warm water and soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Studies show it lowers the transmission of diarrhoea and colds both at work and home as well as in NHS and other care facilities.

Jenny Boyce, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse for Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT), said: “Thorough hand washing with soap is the simplest and most effective way to improve hygiene standards and limit the spread of infection.

“Preventing germs from circulating will help reduce the spread of flu, stomach bugs and other winter illnesses. By washing your hands with soap and water and regularly cleaning household surfaces, linen and towels you can significantly reduce the number of germs circulating and reduce your chances of getting ill.

“Reducing healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) such as MRSA and C Diff in our hospitals is also a top priority for the NHS. Nationally, they’re estimated to claim 500 lives and cost the NHS £1 billion a year, but we know that many of these infections are preventable.

“All local NHS staff are given mandatory infection prevention and control training and staff are reminded at every opportunity to wash their hands. Remember, if you are a patient or visitor, it is ok to ask a member of staff if you are in hospital to check that they have washed their hands.

“But it isn’t just hospital staff that need to practice good hand hygiene. Here at NHFT many of our services are community based and our staff work with patients in their own homes and care homes, so we must be vigilant at all times.”

“Global Handwashing Day gives us an opportunity to remind people just how important it is to clean your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, to protect not only yourself but those around you.”