Practice good hand hygiene to protect yourself from illness

Each year the World Health Organisation’s  SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

Hand hygiene is the single most important factor in stopping the spread of germs.

Our hands may look clean but many germs are invisible to our eyes.  We can unknowingly transmit germs on our hands to others and our environment.

It is important to clean your hands as you enter and leave a healthcare facility and also:

  • After going to the toilet
  • After blowing your nose
  • After smoking
  • After handling/patting animals
  • Before, during & after preparing food
  • When your hands are visibly dirty

If you do not see your healthcare professional clean their hands and are worried please feel free to remind them.

We can all play a major role in stopping the spread of infections to our family and friends.

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