Hospitals in Scotland lack clear signs advising patients and staff to clean their hands properly say health chiefs.
Both NHS Highland chairman Gary Coutts and nursing director Heidi May admitted that more could be done in the fight against hospital infections in the region. And they revealed plans to introduce recorded messages in wards, reminding people to wash their hands thoroughly.
Coutts raised concerns that signs advising patients and staff of the importance of washing their hands in the effort to crackdown on infections were unclear.
He said: ‘I was visiting patients quite recently, and I still think we have got some very poor signage. It gets lost in a multitude of other things that are on the wall.’
He was backed by Ms May, the board member in charge of infection control, who said she found “a lack of consistency” in signs in hospitals across the region.
She added: ‘One of the things that we are going to put in place are auditory systems that, when we walk into wards, will say: ‘you need to wash your hands’.’
Machines dispensing hand-washing gel have now been placed at ward entrances and posters outlining ‘six step’ hand washing techniques have been put up.