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World Hygiene Day


Emer Shepherd (front) with members of NHS Lanarkshires Infection Prevention and Control team promoting hand washing

Lanarkshire health chiefs used World Hygiene Day to remind everyone of the most effective way to help prevent the spread of infection.

The campaign aims to encourage effective hand-washing to help prevent the spread of organisms including MRSA, clostridium difficile, and norovirus.

NHS Lanarkshire’s head of infection prevention and control, Emer Shepherd, said: “Washing your hands may not seem such a big deal. But good hand hygiene is vital to stopping the spread of organisms and the illnesses they can cause.

“You should always wash your hands particularly after visiting the toilet and before eating.

“It is also good to get into the habit of using a hand-washing technique similar to that used by hospital staff which cleans hands more effectively than alcohol hand-rubs to prevent the spread of norovirus infection.”

Norovirus is a highly infectious organism which can spread rapidly through communities such as hospitals, care homes, sheltered housing accommodation and schools.

For more information about hand hygiene visit the Scottish National Hand Hygiene Campaign online at