Visitors to The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) are being reminded to make sure they use the alcohol gel provided and practise good infection control to help to battle the bugs whilst at the hospital.
‘Holly’, short for hologram is the new feature in the main entrance and will remind visitors about the importance of good hygiene and infection control; such as washing their hands and using the alcohol gel provided. The hospital already has some of the lowest infection rates in the country, for MRSA bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile diarrhoea cases and the Infection Prevention and Control team are working hard to make sure that this continues.
The life like hologram structure which was purchased with funding from Rotherham Hospital Charity has been used very successfully in other hospitals around the country and also in airports and other buildings, to help spread important messages in a more innovative and creative way.
Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control Ann Kerrane says: “We are really pleased to get this new kit. I think Holly will catch people’s attention because she looks so realistic. We would never have a real medical professional standing in the main entrance asking people to use the hand gel but we hope more people will pay attention to the important messages if they come from her. She will ask people to wash their hands to reinforce the message about infection prevention and control, as no matter how much we try there will always be people who miss this important message otherwise.
“The introduction of Holly at this time is ideal as the winter months have higher cases of flu like illness and diarrhoea and vomiting cases (Norovirus) which has been shown nationally to be much higher this year than in previous years. Hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent such virus’s being brought in to the hospital.
“The Trust is committed to infection prevention and control and has a really good reputation for low infection rates, however we are always trying to do more, so we hope Holly will help us to further improve infection prevention and control at the hospital.”
Pictured: Ann Kerrane, Lead Nurse for Infection Prevention and Control and Donna Jones, Head of Facilities Services with Holly.