A CAMPAIGN to encourage health workers to clean their hands is to be expanded across the country.
Ambulance trusts, care homes and hospices are being included in the National Patient Safety Agency’s drive – called Clean Your Hands – prompting staff to carry out hand-washing at crucial times and places.
The campaign has already proved successful in hospital trusts nationwide, including in Huddersfield.
Now even more workers will be encouraged to join the fight against healthcare-associated infections.
A Government spokes-woman said: “Tackling infection is a top priority. Clean Your Hands has not only influenced NHS staff, but also made the public acutely aware of the importance of hand hygiene.’’
She added: “Expanding this campaign to settings such as hospices and ambulance trusts will help to deliver clean, safe treatment across the spectrum of patient care.
“This is what patients expect and what healthcare providers have a duty to deliver.”
Nineteen test sites around the country are being used to fine-tune the campaign for different healthcare settings.