Let’s give these new soap stars a big hand
NHS movie stars in the frame
Forget Casualty and Holby City, there’s a new hospital soap on the block and it features staff at NHS Lanarkshire.
The medical team is staring in a series of mini ‘ soap operas’ which aim to promote key Infection Prevention and Control ( IPC) messages such as good hand hygiene, to staff, patients and the wider public.
The two- to- three minute long episodes, organised by NHS Lanarkshire’s IPC team, will be released over the next six weeks and can be watched on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo.
The first episode, called ‘Ask’, shows NHS staff – including Monklands- based orthotist Lorna Dougan – plucking up the courage to ask a collegue to use the hand sanitiser. It went live on Monday, October 30, and has already attracted thousands of views online.
Head of NHS Lanarkshire’s IPC team, Emer Shepherd, said: “Reminding staff, patients and the public about infection prevention and control is a constant task for us.
“We also want to try new and original ways of reminding everyone about the importance of hand hygiene and we felt a ‘soap opera’ would be a fun, quirky and original way to remind everyone about what are serious messages.”
The episodes star NHS Lanarkshire staff after an appeal was put out to recruit budding actors for the roles.
Physiotherapist Grant Muir said: “It was great fun and we hope everyone – patients, the public and our colleagues – enjoys watching them.”
● To see the first episode go to facebook.com/nhslanarkshire
Stars Lorna Dougan and Jaqueline Evans
Delivering the message Grant Muir and Lorna Dougan