Basildon hospital issue advice on hand-washing

BASILDON’S Hospital’s infection prevention and control team are encouraging patients, staff and visitors to focus on hand hygiene on Global Handwashing Day.

Washing your hands thoroughly is an essential part of keeping healthy, especially during the winter months when viruses and illnesses are more prevalent.

Global Handwashing Day on Wednesday 15 October is a timely reminder to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.

Sian Olivio, head of infection, prevention and control, said: “Everyone has heard the saying ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases’ and the best way to stay healthy is to practice hand hygiene, especially during winter.

“Norovirus, C difficile and flu are highly infectious and can easily be passed from person to person. But simply washing your hands with soap and water considerably reduces that risk.”

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