Let’s give th­ese new soap stars a big hand

NHS movie stars in the frame

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Gra­ham Miller

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

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