THE Countess of Chester Hospital is going to new lengths to promote its zero tolerance to healthcare associated infections with use of a life size cardboard cut-out of one of the trust’s nurses.
The 5ft stand of matron Claire Williams has been placed in the main reception to encourage staff and visitors to wash and clean their hands when entering or leaving.
The trust hopes this new tool will have a stronger impact on promoting hand hygiene to staff and visitors, as opposed to traditional signs and notices that would normally be used around the hospital.
Marketing and communications officer Andrew Duggan said: “This is a new idea that we are trialling to promote key messages.
“We’re hoping the constant presence of Claire at main reception will make patients, visitors and staff recognise the importance of maintaining good hand hygiene at all times.”
Claire said: “I think it looks great and if it has the desired effect I’m really happy to be a part of it.
“However I am expecting to get a few strange looks if people see me standing or walking past it in the near future.”