Hand gel “not sufficient” against norovirus – use soap and water

Handwashing with soap and water controls norovirus

Handwashing focus at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

A norovirus outbreak was recently confirmed at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton – and dealt with efficiently as staff took decisive measures to ensure that its impact was minimised, according to a recent report on the Nuneaton News website

The Adam Bede ward was closed to enable a full decontamination to take place and subsequently reopened.

The importance of soap and water – not gels

The Deputy Director of Nursing at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Martina Morris, outlined in the article the steps taken and the priorities for the hospital community that enabled them to control the outbreak – and effective hand hygiene was deemed to be very important.

“Good hand hygiene is key to limiting the spread of these infections and it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water as using just an anti-bacterial hand gel is not sufficient.”

The NHS choices website offers in its norovirus section offers the following advice when it comes to preventing the spread of the virus.

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food. Don’t rely on alcohol hand gels, as they do not kill the virus.”

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Hot water hand wash hire for UK medical situations

Introducing the TEAL Hygenius MediWash

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The TEAL Task Force

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Setup and training is provided for on-site staff as part of the service.